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repel

[ ri-pel ]
/ rɪˈpɛl /
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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.

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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 forms of repel

repeller, noun

Word Origin for repel

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

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