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verb [transitive] [often passive] propel pronunciation in American English /prəˈpel/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypropel
he/she/itpropels
present participlepropelling
past tensepropelled
past participlepropelled
  1. 1
    to move or push someone or something forward

    a car propelled by solar energy

    rocket-propelled grenade launchers

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  2. 2
    to cause someone to do a particular thing or to cause something to happen

    She was propelled by a desire to prove everyone else wrong.

    The movie's success propelled him to stardom.

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