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Meaning of REPEL

Pronunciation:  ri'pel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  reject outright and bluntly
  2. [v]  force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
  3. [v]  cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
  4. [v]  be repellent to; cause aversion in
  5. [v]  fill with distaste; "This fould language disgusts me"

REPEL is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: beat back, brush off, disgust, drive, drive back, fight off, force back, push back, rebuff, rebuff, repulse, repulse, repulse, revolt, snub
 Antonyms: appeal, attract, attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
 See Also: churn up, defend, disdain, disgust, displease, excite, fight, fight back, fight down, force, freeze off, nauseate, nauseate, oppose, piss off, pooh-pooh, push, put off, reject, revolt, scorn, sicken, sicken, spurn, stimulate, stir, turn down, turn off, turn one's stomach



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re**pel"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repelled}
    (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repelling}.] [L. repellere,
    repulsum; pref. re- re- + pellere to drive. See {Pulse} a
    beating, and cf. {Repulse}, {Repeal}.]
    1. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance
       of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
             Hippomedon repelled the hostile tide. --Pope.
             They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted
             each other strongly.                  --Macaulay.
    2. To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault,
       an encroachment, or an argument.
             [He] gently repelled their entreaties. --Hawthorne.
    Syn: Tu repulse; resist; oppose; reject; refuse.
  2. \Re*pel"\, v. i.
    To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to
    exercise repulsion.