dispel

verb
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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Unfortunately, the air of uncertainty wasn't entirely dispelled. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Makes a Post-Brexit Pledge to Visit All of Ireland's 32 Counties," 9 Mar. 2019 The idea parallels the notion of vigil-keeping and waiting for the light to dispel the darkness, says Morrill. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 And, just to dispel any other rumors as to why Meghan was separated from the pack, People reported that the balconies are simply too small to fit everyone on one. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Moe Berg was a mystery, and mystery is what Paul Rudd seems to have been put on earth to lightly and insistently dispel. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When baseball and espionage played on the same team," 20 June 2018 Ince, a former schoolteacher, has worked assiduously to dispel this image and champion a more inclusive future. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The quest to defeat Erdogan," 19 June 2018 Mayfield actually attended the Senior Bowl last month in part to dispel the Manziel comparisons. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Johnny Manziel on Baker Mayfield, Josh Gordon, LeBron James and more," 13 Feb. 2018 To dispel the no-touch myth, the Museum has incorporated several hands-on and interactive elements for families like mine. Katie Newcomb, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Revving it up: A kidventure at the Harley-Davidson Museum," 15 Nov. 2017 Entering the space dispels one’s notions about sake bars, which in New York City tend toward the clandestine: low lit, snug, difficult to locate. Wei Tchou, Vogue, "New York’s First Sake Brewery Considers the Art of American Rice Wine," 24 Oct. 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dispel

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

dispel

verb
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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