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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Instead, another regrettable aspect of her personality impelled her to smile specially at this man.
▪ She had been impelled to go and find him because of the sudden silence from his burrow under the eaves.
▪ The data showed that information specialists' actions were often impelled not simply by material rewards or to avoid punishment.
▪ The more one partner backs off, the more the other may be impelled to pursue.
▪ The Soviet situation was seen as a major factor in impelling the two countries to seek their current reconciliation.
▪ The swinging mannered flights of the great stairway impelled an obedience to propriety.
▪ What drives me, what impels me to be so disagreeable, my father has often asked me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Impel \Im*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Impelling.] [L. impellere; pref. im- in + pellere, pulsum, to drive. See Pulse a beat, and cf. Impulse.] To drive or urge forward or on; to press on; to incite to action or motion in any way.

The surge impelled me on a craggy coast.

Syn: To instigate; incite; induce; influence; force; drive; urge; actuate; move.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. (context transitive English) To urge a person; to press on; to incite to action or motion via intrinsic motivation (contrast with propel, to compel or drive extrinsically).

  1. v. urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate [syn: force]

  2. cause to move forward with force; "Steam propels this ship" [syn: propel]

  3. [also: impelling, impelled]

Usage examples of "impel".

A constitutional convention was in the offing, and as he had been impelled in 1776 to write his Thoughts on Government, so Adams plunged ahead now, books piled about him, his pen scratching away until all hours.

Every impulse he possessed impelled him to take her into his arms, to kiss her, possess her--to put an end to her silly game.

Despite the urgency which the treatment of Driscoll seemed to merit, Brevis felt impelled to visit both Porter and Grus on his way to collect his emergency case.

Finally he creaked to the Greenroom door and, impelled by who knows what impulse, furtively opened it.

Turning down Main Street at the City Hotel corner, on the way to my office, I had to pass the barber-shop of Harpin Cust, in front of which I found myself impelled to stop.

He blinked at the darkness through eyes that were washed with starlight and blood both, and only an impelling instinct for self preservation goaded his arms and his one good leg into motions that might, perhaps, with much effort and time, take him back to his apartment.

The sun impels all the fence laths implanted in the sand, not to mention the fragments of ladders, the bean poles, the smooth canes and knotted canes, and the common sticks washed ashore by sea and river, to cast moving shadows of varying lengths, which carry time along with them in their passage.

Still less indeed can it be shown that they were all impelled to this dogma from their view of Jesus Christ, since in this connection, with the exception of Justin and Tertullian, they manifested no specific interest in the incarnation of the Logos in Jesus.

Let Breit and Grimm and Hitler and the Americans and the world watch Luis Ruiz de Vega go forward, and know that all of them, everything, were impelled by his will alone.

It was the same piratical motive which animated Drake and Hawkins, which impelled Morgan to sack Maracaibo and Panama, and which, transferred to the dignified council chambers of England, took on a more humane but less romantic guise.

Without thinking of the danger to which they might be exposed, the explorers were now impelled by an irresistible curiosity, and in a few minutes, sixteen feet lower they rejoined Top.

What irresistible destiny impels the bee to meet half-way the Philanthus, its terrible enemy!

With that, Sappho moved on and Elf, impelled by some insane force, sought out her dangerous earl, Amanda by her side.

Under freedom, a few young Negroes have gone to excess, but, thank God, under freedom, hundreds of thousands of young Negroes, in schools and out of schools, are struggling up the hill of virtue, of industry, of learning, not goaded on by the lash of the master, but impelled by a holy ambition that does not halt at temporary defeats.

Something impelled me to idly count over some souvenir spoons that I have personally collected from various parts of the world, and each one of which has a peculiar value for me far, far beyond its pecuniary worth.