verb (used with object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.
verb (used without object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.
Origin of repel
Examples from the Web for repel
The only exception is military action to repel an imminent attack.
Bieber now knows his perfect body is no longer the weaponry with which to repel his bad press.
It was easy to imagine that the landscape was actively trying to repel us.
On paper, the forces in Tikrit should have been more than adequate to repel even a force of this size.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight|Andrew Slater|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scuffles broke out with riot police, who used pepper spray to repel party members wielding Greek flags on thick wooden sticks.
Simcoe is going to erect a fort in our territories, and the President has declared that he will repel the attempt.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
The memorized lines of the young speaker will usually sound like memorized words, and repel.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
For few indeed are the souls that are able by the aid of wealth to repel dangers of this description.
But he failed to repel the Turks, who in 1526 destroyed the power of Hungary at the battle of Mohcs.
But when it is intimated that all this is necessarily and inevitably so, I repel the insinuation.The Bobbin Boy|William M. Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for repel
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (mainly tr)
Word Origin for repel
Word Origin and History for repel
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.