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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Recent Examples on the Web Two decades after 9/11, that legacy of hubris hangs over Washington, a bad odor that successive administrations have tried and failed to dispel. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 During a hearing Wednesday morning in which Cooper vacated the automatic stay, the judge sought to dispel such arguments about his ruling. Jim Saunders, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 During a hearing Wednesday, the judge sought to dispel such arguments about his ruling. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2021 During a hearing Wednesday morning in which Cooper vacated the automatic stay, the judge sought to dispel such arguments about his ruling. Jim Saunders, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Bigger appendages also allow growing larger vasculature that brings more blood, and thus more body heat to dispel. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 After 9/11, some American Muslims chose to dispel misconceptions about their faith by building personal connections. chicagotribune.com, 7 Sep. 2021 After 9/11, some American Muslims chose to dispel misconceptions about their faith by building personal connections. NBC News, 7 Sep. 2021 There are many misconceptions to dispel surrounding wealth management. Sheraz Iftikhar, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Dispel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispel. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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