Definition of propel:
trigger off, set off, activate, actuate, impel, stir up, ride, motivate, invent, pass, trip, incite, egg on, be active, loose, inflame, pique, run, move, roll, touch off, transfer, make a motion, inaugurate, prompt, spur, travel, catalyze, resist, repel, impress, create, manhandle, work up, cue, make, remind, displace, affect, bring about, proceed, form, prick, excite, urge on, work, start off, repulse, locomote, go, act, budge, advance, spark off, mobilize, guide, take.
- compel (part of speech: verb)
- propel (part of speech: verb)
motivate (part of speech: verb)
- "Dearest", Henry Beam Piper.
At which, waxing with indignation, he leaped upon it, and to my surprise, did easily propel it in whatsoever direction he pleased, and its motive power appeared to be similar in every respect to the rest; so, beguiled by his representations that, under his instructions, I should speedily become a chef- d'oeuvre, I once more suffered myself to mount the machine; but whether from superabundant energy of my foot- paddling, or the alarming fact that we were upon the descent of a precipitous slope, I was soon horrified at finding that my instructor was stripped out, and I abandoned to the lurch of my Caudine fork!- "Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.", F. Anstey.
Warned by former experience, I did not now embark in a small boat, but in one of the regular passage felouks, in which we reached Aldea Gallega, after a voyage of six hours; for the boat was heavy, there was no wind to propel it, and the crew were obliged to ply their huge oars the whole way.- "The Bible in Spain", George Borrow.