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repel - Dictionary definition and meaning for word repel

(verb) cause to move back by force or influence
Example Sentence
  • repel the enemy
  • push back the urge to smoke
  • beat back the invaders

(verb) be repellent to; cause aversion in
Synonyms : repulse

(verb) force or drive back
Synonyms : drive back , fight off , rebuff , repulse
Example Sentence
  • repel the attacker
  • fight off the onslaught
  • rebuff the attack

(verb) reject outright and bluntly
Synonyms : rebuff , snub
Example Sentence
  • She snubbed his proposal

(verb) fill with distaste
Synonyms : disgust , gross out , revolt
Example Sentence
  • This spoilt food disgusts me

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for repel

Rip the enemy to repel.
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