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impel (verb) drive forward; force.

When an idea, emotion, desire, etc., impels you to do something, you feel you are forced to do it. If the desire to excel in film action impels you, you try very strongly for opportunities to become a great actor. When a desire for wealth impels you, you try every means to possess wealth, you begin to earn like mad. Florence Nightingale was impelled by the urge to serve the suffering, so she nursed the injured and the dying soldiers in the Crimean War.

  • Dr. Schweitzer, impelled by the desire to serve the sickly and the undernourished people of South Africa, setup hospital there and spent his whole life attending on them.
  • At a very young age, he became a seaman, as he was impelled by a desire to sail across the seas to wander over the world. He remained wedded to a sea life and was never tired of sailing.
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