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
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)