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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·pel v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impelled p. pr. & vb. n. Impelling.]  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.   --Pope.
 Syn: -- To instigate; incite; induce; influence; force; drive; urge; actuate; move.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See impel

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : urged or forced to action through moral pressure; "felt
            impelled to take a stand against the issue" [syn: driven]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: 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]
      [also: impelling, impelled]