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English Dictionary: repel by the DICT Development Group
3 results for repel
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
    Synonym(s): repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back
    Antonym(s): attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
  2. be repellent to; cause aversion in
    Synonym(s): repel, repulse
    Antonym(s): appeal, attract
  3. force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
    Synonym(s): repel, repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back
  4. reject outright and bluntly; "She snubbed his proposal"
    Synonym(s): rebuff, snub, repel
  5. fill with distaste; "This spoilt food disgusts me"
    Synonym(s): disgust, gross out, revolt, repel
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Repel \Re*pel"\, v. i.
      To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to
      exercise repulsion.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Repel \Re**pel"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repelled}
      (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repelling}.] [L. repellere,
      repulsum; pref. re- re- + pellere to drive. See {Pulse} a
      beating, and cf. {Repulse}, {Repeal}.]
      1. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance
            of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
                     Hippomedon repelled the hostile tide. --Pope.
                     They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted
                     each other strongly.                           --Macaulay.
      2. To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault,
            an encroachment, or an argument.
                     [He] gently repelled their entreaties. --Hawthorne.
      Syn: Tu repulse; resist; oppose; reject; refuse.
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