Definition of Repel

1. Verb. Cause to move back by force or influence. "Beat back the invaders"

Exact synonyms: Beat Back, Drive, Force Back, Push Back, Repulse
Related verbs: Drive
Generic synonyms: Force, Push
Derivative terms: Drive, Drive, Push Back, Repulsive, Repulse, Repulsion
Antonyms: Attract

2. Verb. Be repellent to; cause aversion in. "The performance is likely to repel Sue"
Exact synonyms: Repulse
Specialized synonyms: Churn Up, Disgust, Nauseate, Revolt, Sicken, Put Off, Turn Off
Generic synonyms: Displease
Antonyms: Attract
Derivative terms: Repellant, Repellant, Repellant, Repellent, Repellent, Repulsive, Repulsive

3. Verb. Force or drive back. ; "Rebuff the attack"
Exact synonyms: Drive Back, Fight Off, Rebuff, Repulse
Generic synonyms: Defend, Fight, Fight Back, Fight Down, Oppose
Derivative terms: Rebuff, Repulsive, Repulse, Repulsion

4. Verb. Reject outright and bluntly. "She snubbed his proposal"
Exact synonyms: Rebuff, Snub
Generic synonyms: Disdain, Freeze Off, Pooh-pooh, Reject, Scorn, Spurn, Turn Down
Derivative terms: Rebuff, Snub

5. Verb. Fill with distaste. "This spoilt food disgusts me"
Exact synonyms: Disgust, Gross Out, Revolt
Generic synonyms: Excite, Stimulate, Stir
Specialized synonyms: Nauseate, Sicken, Turn One's Stomach
Derivative terms: Disgust, Repellant, Repellant, Repellent, Repulsive, Repulsive

Definition of Repel

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

2. v. i. To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.

Definition of Repel

1. Verb. (rare) To turn (someone) away from a privilege, right, job, etc. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Verb. To reject, put off (a request, demand etc.). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Verb. To ward off (a malignant influence, attack etc.). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

4. Verb. To drive back (an assailant, advancing force etc.). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (physics) To force away by means of a repulsive force. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Verb. To cause repulsion, cause dislike. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

7. Verb. (transitive sports) To save (a shot) ¹

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Definition of Repel

1. to drive back [v -PELLED, -PELLING, -PELS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Repel

repeating decimal
repeating firearm
repeating unit
repel (current term)
repellant guiding molecule

Literary usage of Repel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"and repel invasions. To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service ..."

2. The Constitutional History of England from the Accession of Henry VII. to by Henry Hallam (1876)
"... but the charge of cruelty stood on too many facts to bn passed over, and it was thought expedient to repel it by two remarkable pamphlets, both ascribed ..."

3. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the by James Terry White (1895)
"... either for the protection of loyal subjects, or to repel invasion. He also refused to disband the home guard, or to withdraw the Federal troops, ..."

4. The Military Laws of the United States: Relating to the Army, Volunteers by United States, John F. Callan (1863)
"... and repel invasions ; and to repeal the acf note in force ... or scene of action, as he may judge necessary to repel such invasion, and to issue his ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"These bodies, as the distance between them is diminished, at first appear to repel each other, but as the distance is reduced the repulsion changes to an ..."

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