Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to move forward or onward. See Synonyms at push.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to move in a certain direction.
  • v. To make to arrive to a certain situation or result.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To drive forward; to urge or press onward by force; to move, or cause to move

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drive forward; move or cause to move on; urge or press onward by force.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give an incentive for action
  • v. cause to move forward with force

Etymologies

Middle English propellen, from Latin prōpellere : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Historically (late Middle English) meant "expel, drive out". From Latin propellō, from pro- "forward" and pellō ("push, move"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you open up the tools of social media and are willing to be transparent with your customers, they will help you spread the word and propel your business.

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  • Now since the imparting of the supremely Divine mysteries to the man initiated is the head and tail of every initiation, naturally then the Hierarchical judgment hit upon an appellation propel to it, from the truth of the facts.

    Dionysius the Areopagite, Works (1897)

  • Mike: apparently you guys didnt do your research. i hear the propel is a great phone. most sites give it around a 4 / 5 ... cybrpunk: Unfortunately, it seems the coupon no longer works.

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  • White House officials said the bill helped "propel" the company's recent expansion.

    A state dinner do-over

  • They're some of the best in the SEC, and it really does kind of propel us into the next week and make us feel like we are a great team.

    Crimson White RSS

  • When you're in a transitional year, a lot of things have to go right for you early to get it going, to get that momentum that you need to kind of propel you and the things that you're trying to instill.

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  • T-shirts in Global English carry all kinds of messages, from the tame, and even quasi-meaningless, to the incendiary, but the vast majority of them for the moment propel branding campaigns of one form or another, whether I ♥ NY, , or a more homespun declaration, such as this one created by an international outfit representing language teachers: “I speak Global English.”

    The English Is Coming!

  • Her strength with Iowa's evangelical and tea-party contingents could hurt Pawlenty and others who need a win in the early caucuses to propel their campaigns past Romney's.

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  • The explosion would propel the bullet down the tube at a thousand feet per second, smashing it into the stack of uranium disks at the bottom.

    The Omega Theory

  • He clawed at the ties around her neck, succeeding at last in ripping the ribbon from the material and allowing the heavy cloak to fall away as he kicked his legs to propel them back up once more.

    Healing the Highlander

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