- to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).
- to thrust back or away.
- to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).
- to keep off or out; fail to mix with: Water and oil repel each other.
- to resist the absorption or passage of (water or other liquid): This coat repels rain.
- to refuse to have to do with; resist involvement in: to repel temptation.
- to refuse to accept or admit; reject: to repel a suggestion.
- to discourage the advances of (a person): He repelled me with his harshness.
- to cause distaste or aversion in: Their untidy appearance repelled us.
- to push back or away by a force, as one body acting upon another (opposed to attract): The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.
- to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.
- to cause distaste or aversion.
Origin of repel
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1. repulse, parry, ward off. 3. withstand, oppose, rebuff. 7. decline, rebuff.
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Examples from the Web for repelling
"I am better alone," said Ellen, with a repelling motion of the hand.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
Chet felt the lift of the Repelling Area as they shot through.The Finding of Haldgren
Charles Willard Diffin
It was not that he was cold and distant, repelling familiarity and refusing sympathy.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Is not that a very cold and repelling answer to the good vicar's letter?A Rent In A Cloud
Charles James Lever
But, in this case, what had been his reason for repelling her at first and making her suffer so long?An Iceland Fisherman
- to force or drive back (something or somebody, esp an attacker)
- (also intr) to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste in (someone or something); be disgusting (to)
- to push aside; dismisshe repelled the suggestion as wrong and impossible
- to be effective in keeping away, controlling, or resistingan aerosol spray that repels flies
- to have no affinity for; fail to mix with or absorbwater and oil repel each other
- to disdain to accept (something); turn away from or spurnshe repelled his advances
- (also intr) to exert an opposing force on (something)an electric charge repels another charge of the same sign
C15: from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to push, drive
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Word Origin and History for repelling
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