To dispel is defined as to drive away or make disappear.
An example of to dispel is to prove a rumor to be false.
to scatter and drive away; cause to vanish; disperse
Origin of dispelMiddle English dispellen ; from Classical Latin dispellere ; from dis-, apart + pellere, to drive: see felt
transitive verbdis·pelled, dis·pel·ling, dis·pels
To break up, drive away, or cause to disappear: The breeze dispelled the bad odor. Her cheerfulness dispelled the gloom. The report dispelled my doubts. See Synonyms at scatter.
Origin of dispelMiddle English dispellen, from Latin dispellere : dis-, apart; see dis– + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dispels, present participle dispelling, simple past and past participle dispelled)
- Objects: cloud, vapors, cares, doubts, illusions, objections.