Repel - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈpel|  American pronunciation of the word repel
Brit.  |rɪˈpɛl|  British pronunciation of the word repel
- cause to move back by force or influence (syn: beat back, drive, repulse)
repel the enemy
- be repellent to; cause aversion in (syn: repulse)
- force or drive back (syn: fight off, rebuff, repulse)
repel the attacker
- reject outright and bluntly (syn: rebuff, snub)
- fill with distaste (syn: disgust, revolt)


Their superior forces repelled the invasion.

Two positive electrical charges repel each other.

Magnets can both repel and attract one another.

They united to repel the invaders.

The second plea of the defender ought to be repelled.

I repel all such imputations.

His manners repel me.

This is to be applied to the skin to repel mosquitoes from biting.

The oil in a duck's feathers repels the water from its body.

The smell repelled him.

The army was ready to repel an attack.

Two positive charges repel each other.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: repel
he/she/it: repels
present participle: repelling
past tense: repelled
past participle: repelled
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