verb re·pel \ri-ˈpel\

: to keep (something) out or away

: to force (an enemy, attacker, etc.) to stop an attack and turn away

physics : to force (something) to move away or apart


Full Definition of REPEL

transitive verb
a :  to drive back :  repulse
b :  to fight against :  resist
:  turn away, reject <repelled the insinuation>
a :  to drive away :  discourage <foul words and frowns must not repel a lover — Shakespeare>
b :  to be incapable of adhering to, mixing with, taking up, or holding
c :  to force away or apart or tend to do so by mutual action at a distance
:  to cause aversion in :  disgust
intransitive verb
:  to cause aversion
re·pel·ler noun

Examples of REPEL

  1. a fabric that repels water
  2. Their superior forces repelled the invasion.
  3. Two positive electrical charges repel each other.
  4. Magnets can both repel and attract one another.

Origin of REPEL

Middle English repellen, from Middle French repeller, from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to drive — more at felt
First Known Use: 15th century


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