Repel Definition

rĭ-pĕl
repelled, repelling, repels
verb
repelled, repelling, repels
To drive or force back; hold or ward off.
To repel an attack.
Webster's New World
To offer resistance to; fight against.
Repel an invasion.
American Heritage
To refuse to accept, agree to, or submit to; reject.
To repel advances.
Webster's New World
To refuse to accept (a person); spurn.
To repel a suitor.
Webster's New World
To cause distaste, dislike, or aversion.
Webster's New World
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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

  • From Middle English repellen, from Old French * repeller, from Latin repellere (“to drive back"), from re- (“back") + pellere (“to drive").

    From Wiktionary

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