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dispel

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verb dis·pel \di-ˈspel\

Simple Definition of dispel

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

Full Definition of dispel

dis·pelleddis·pel·ling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

Synonym Discussion of dispel

scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel mean to cause to separate or break up. scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions <the bowling ball scattered the pins>. disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group <police dispersed the crowd>. dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance <the fog was dissipated by the morning sun>. dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering <an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt>.


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