What does repel mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word repel.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repel

    rē-pel′, v.t. to drive back: to repulse: to check the advance of, to resist.—v.i. to act with opposing force: (med.) to check or drive inwards:—pr.p. repel′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. repelled′.ns. Repel′lence, Repel′lency.—adj. Repel′lent, driving back: able or tending to repel.—n. that which repels.—n. Repel′ler.—adj. Repel′less. [O. Fr.,—L. repellĕrere-, back, pellĕre, to drive.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of repel in a Sentence

  1. Anonymous:

    By courage I repel adversity.

  2. Abdullah Abdullah:

    This action will repel enemy attacks.

  3. Anonymous:

    By courage I repel adversity. (Adversa Virtute Repello)

  4. Nancy Astor:

    My vigor, vitality, and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from.

  5. Saed Saif:

    The Iranian Shi'ite militias are continuing to pour reinforcements into the Badia to expand their area of control. We are doing what we can to repel them.

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  • refusar, repel·lir, rebutjarCatalan, Valencian
  • odpuzovatCzech
  • abstoßenGerman
  • torjua, karkottaa, etoa, hylkiäFinnish
  • rebuter, repousserFrench
  • पीछे हटानाHindi
  • respingereItalian
  • verjagen, afstoten, afwerenDutch
  • repelirPortuguese
  • оказывать сопротивление, отражать, отталкивать, вызывать отвращение, отпугивать, отказываться принять, отклонять, противостоять, отбрасывать, претить, вызывать неприязнь, отвергатьRussian
  • repelleraSwedish
  • వికర్షించుTelugu

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