[ dih-spel ]
/ dɪˈspɛl /

verb (used with object), dis·pelled, dis·pel·ling.

to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate: to dispel the dense fog.
to cause to vanish; alleviate: to dispel her fears.

Origin of dispel

1625–35; < Latin dispellere to drive asunder, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + pellere to drive


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/ (dɪˈspɛl) /

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled

(tr) to disperse or drive away

Derived forms of dispel

dispeller, noun

Word Origin for dispel

C17: from Latin dispellere, from dis- 1 + pellere to drive
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