[ 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 dispeldis·pel·la·ble, adjectivedis·pel·ler, nounun·dis·pel·la·ble, adjectiveun·dis·pelled, adjective
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How to use dispel in a sentence
Not that we would say aught unpleasant of this god: at times he is undoubtedly a care-dispeller, and gladdens the heart of man.The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine|Heinrich Heine
A campaign is a wonderful dispeller of false notions and young imaginations, and seems too stern a hint to be soon forgotten.Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India|W. S. R. Hodson
Blessed Morning, what a life promoter, what a dispeller of fears and bringer of hopes, thou art!Added Upon|Nephi Anderson
Liquor is the only stimulant and "care-dispeller" that they are able to procure.Woman under socialism|August Bebel
Anodyne, as well as tonic; dispeller of fever when other remedies are powerless; and the best accredited recipe for long life.Six to Sixteen|Juliana Horatia Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for dispel
/ (dɪˈspɛl) /
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
(tr) to disperse or drive away
Derived forms of dispeldispeller, noun
Word Origin for dispel
C17: from Latin dispellere, from dis- 1 + pellere to drive
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