What does repel mean?

Definitions for repel

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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. repel

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

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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. George Washington:

    If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

  2. Anonymous:

    By courage I repel adversity. (Adversa Virtute Repello)

  3. Daniel Baker:

    It's almost like these electrons are running into a glass wall in space, somewhat like the shields created by force fields on 'Star Trek' that were used to repel alien weapons, we are seeing an invisible shield blocking these electrons. It's an extremely puzzling phenomenon.

  4. Buddha:

    You should respect each other and refrain from disputes you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.

  5. Benjamin Franklin:

    Five thousand balloons, capable of raising two men each, could not cost more than five ships of the line; and where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense as that 10,000 men descending from the clouds might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?

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Translations for repel

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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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