verb (used with object), im·pelled, im·pel·ling.
- to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
- to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)
- to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
- to push, drive, or force into motion
early 15c., from Latin impellere “to push, strike against, drive forward, urge on,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + pellere “to push, drive” (see pulse (n.1)). Related: Impelled; impelling.