Simple Definition of dispel
: to make (something, such as a belief, feeling, or idea) go away or end
Full Definition of dispel
: to drive away by or as if by scattering : dissipate <dispel a rumor>
Examples of dispel in a sentence
This report should dispel any doubts you have about the plan.
She made an official statement to dispel any rumors about her retirement.
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
Rhymes with dispel
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DISPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of dispel for Students
: to make go away <dispel doubts>
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