dis·​pel | \ di-ˈspel How to pronounce dispel (audio) \
dispelled; dispelling

Definition of dispel

transitive verb

: to drive away or cause to vanish by or as if by scattering : dissipate dispel a rumor

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The company won praise for its quick work to dispel Covid-19 misinformation. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Two Faces of Facebook's Election Plans," 22 June 2020 As the title of her book suggests, Kelton sets out to dispel a number of myths about how the economy works, how the federal deficit works, and where money comes from. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The Government Can Afford Anything It Wants," 19 June 2020 Scott McClintock, chief marketing officer for the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging, said his team decided to start posting its figures online to make sure accurate information was being circulated and dispel fears. Caitlin Mcglade, azcentral, "New data shows more COVID-19 deaths, infections in nursing homes," 18 June 2020 Modi has sought to dispel fears that a second lockdown is on the horizon. Billy Perrigo, Time, "India's Coronavirus Death Toll Is Surging. Prime Minister Modi Is Easing Lockdown Anyway," 18 June 2020 When asked about the initial communication process, Brown seemed to dispel the notion that the mistake was definitely deliberate. CBS News, "Buffalo mayor calls video of police shoving 75-year-old protester "horrific"," 13 June 2020 Both are speaking out to dispel misconceptions about treatment and to raise awareness. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "'We're losing our kids': Black youth suicide rate rising far faster than for whites, coronavirus, police violence deepen trauma," 8 June 2020 Grant and Martha expertly dispel that feeling of alienation with good humor and meticulously researched facts about the regional distribution of words. Mara Katz, Ars Technica, "Good podcast vibes for the nerdy set: Our recent faves in science, research," 31 May 2020 Morales also tried to dispel rumors about violence being instigated by people from out of town. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Protests continue as Milwaukee leaders and residents plead and pray for peace and justice," 31 May 2020

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First Known Use of dispel

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dispel

Middle English, from Latin dispellere, from dis- + pellere to drive, beat — more at felt

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“Dispel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispel. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispel

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


dis·​pel | \ di-ˈspel How to pronounce dispel (audio) \
dispelled; dispelling

Kids Definition of dispel

: to make go away dispel doubts

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