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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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 Oblak has seemed to dispel any fears among Diego Simeone’s ranks that he could be tempted away from Madrid by the likes of Liverpool and PSG ahead of next season. SI.com, "Jan Oblak Delivers Update on His Atletico Future Amid Interest From Liverpool in Goalkeeping Star," 29 June 2018 Her radiant performance dispels the view that Shaw's characters are merely mouthpieces for his intellectual puppetry. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Shaw's 'Saint Joan': A marathon for four actors, and the audience," 9 Apr. 2018 Other enchantments can also include creature enchantments which continually buff (or de-buff) a card until its dispelled or the creature is destroyed. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 The pride Kavanaugh takes in his background should do little to dispel the claims against him. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 An immigrant from Senegal, Driss evoked white fears of black immigration, then dispelled them in what became an irresistible fairy tale of good fellowship and racial harmony. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Upside’ Review: Uplift on Demand," 10 Jan. 2019 But why bother with NMDA receptors at all if elevating BDNF is what dispels depression? Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 And this year, a new study presented evidence that dispels the notion that Neanderthals were big into skull cracking. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 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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