C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike
impel for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɪmpel)
Word forms: impels, impelling, impelled
When something such as an emotionimpels you to do something, it affects you so strongly that you feel forced to do it. [V n to-inf] ⇒ ...the courage and competitiveness which impels him to take risks. [V-ed] ⇒ I felt impelled to go on speaking.