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.
adj : urged or forced to action through moral pressure; "felt
impelled to take a stand against the issue" [syn: driven]
v 1: urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
2: cause to move forward with force; "Steam propels this ship"
[also: impelling, impelled]