An example of to repel is the way citronella keeps mosquitoes away.
An example of to repel is how sunlight drives away vampires.
Repel an invasion.
A company that was trying to repel a hostile takeover.
Your rudeness repels everyone.
Oil repels water.
Electric charges of the same sign repel one another.
Behavior that repels.
To repel advances.
To repel a suitor.
To repel an attack.
Origin of repel
- Middle English repellen from Old French repeller from Latin repellere re- re- pellere to drive pel-5 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition