Definitions for repelrɪˈpɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•pelrɪˈpɛl(v.)-pelled, -pel•ling.

  1. (v.t.)to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).

  2. to thrust back or away.

  3. to fail to mix with:

    Water and oil repel each other.

  4. to resist the absorption of:

    This coat repels rain.

  5. to cause distaste or aversion in.

  6. to push away by a force (opposed to attract):

    The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.

  7. (v.i.)to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.

  8. to cause distaste or aversion.

Origin of repel:

1350–1400; ME repellen < L repellere to drive back =re-re - +pellere to drive, push; cf. repulse


Princeton's WordNet

  1. repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back(verb)

    cause to move back by force or influence

    "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"

  2. repel, repulse(verb)

    be repellent to; cause aversion in

  3. repel, repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back(verb)

    force or drive back

    "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"

  4. rebuff, snub, repel(verb)

    reject outright and bluntly

    "She snubbed his proposal"

  5. disgust, gross out, revolt, repel(verb)

    fill with distaste

    "This spoilt food disgusts me"


  1. repel(Verb)

    To turn (someone) away from a privilege, right, job, etc.

  2. repel(Verb)

    To reject, put off (a request, demand etc.).

  3. repel(Verb)

    To ward off (a malignant influence, attack etc.).

  4. repel(Verb)

    To drive back (an assailant, advancing force etc.).

  5. repel(Verb)

    To force away by means of a repulsive force.

  6. repel(Verb)

    To cause repulsion, cause dislike.

  7. repel(Verb)

    To save (a shot)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repel(verb)

    to drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant

  2. Repel(verb)

    to resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault, an encroachment, or an argument

  3. Repel(verb)

    to act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion


  1. Repel

    Repel is a commune in the Vosges department in Lorraine in northeastern France.

Anagrams of repel

  1. leper

Translations for repel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to resist or fight (an enemy) successfully

to repel invaders.

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