verb dis·pel \di-ˈspel\

: to make (something, such as a belief, feeling, or idea) go away or end


Full Definition of DISPEL

transitive verb
:  to drive away by or as if by scattering :  dissipate <dispel a rumor>

Examples of DISPEL

  1. This report should dispel any doubts you have about the plan.
  2. She made an official statement to dispel any rumors about her retirement.
  3. The experience dispelled some of our fears about the process.

Origin of DISPEL

Middle English, from Latin dispellere, from dis- + pellere to drive, beat — more at felt
First Known Use: 15th century


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