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dispel

[ dih-spel ]
/ dɪˈspɛl /
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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.
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Origin of dispel

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin dispellere “to drive asunder,” equivalent to dis-dis-1 + pellere “to drive”

synonym study for dispel

1, 2. See scatter.

OTHER WORDS FROM dispel

dis·pel·la·ble, adjectivedis·pel·ler, nounun·dis·pel·la·ble, adjectiveun·dis·pelled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dispel

dispel
/ (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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