repel

[ ri-pel ]
/ rɪˈpɛl /

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

verb (used without object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.

to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.
to cause distaste or aversion.

Nearby words

  1. repeatedly,
  2. repeater,
  3. repeating decimal,
  4. repeating firearm,
  5. repechage,
  6. repellant,
  7. repellent,
  8. repent,
  9. repentance,
  10. repentant

Origin of repel

1350–1400; Middle English repellen < Latin repellere to drive back, equivalent to re- re- + pellere to drive, push; see repulse

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British Dictionary definitions for repel

repel

/ (rɪˈpɛl) /

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (mainly tr)

Derived Formsrepeller, noun

Word Origin for repel

C15: from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to push, drive

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Word Origin and History for repel

repel

v.

early 15c., "to drive away, remove," from Old French repeller or directly from Latin repellere "to drive back," from re- "back" (see re-) + pellere "to drive, strike" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is from 1817. Related: Repelled; repelling.

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