dispel

verb
dis·pel | \ di-ˈspel \
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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Choose the Right Synonym for dispel

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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Maia played alongside Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, as Brazil dispelled the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup to win gold in a penalty shoot-out against Germany. SI.com, "Newcastle Have Bid For Lille's Brazilian Wonderkid Rejected," 9 July 2018 Still, a hand recount is unlikely to dispel the fraud allegations. NBC News, "Iraq set for election recount amid fraud claims," 22 June 2018 Sorry, Hollywood: scientists are back to dispel yet another one of your misconceptions about T. rex. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Actually, T. Rex Probably Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue," 22 June 2018 Still, a hand recount is unlikely to dispel the fraud allegations. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Iraq set for election recount to salvage tainted result," 21 June 2018 Forward Juan Lucero certainly did, scoring a goal in each half to magically dispel a growing reputation as the guy who squanders one golden scoring chance after another. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana Xolos beat Toluca in opening leg of Liga MX semis," 10 May 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Angela Charlton, BostonGlobe.com, "France’s Macron takes on Facebook’s Zuckerberg in tech push," 23 May 2018 The effort included targeted advertising and visits to Haitian and Central American communities to dispel rumors that Canada granted automatic residency. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "New Migrant Surge Tests Canada’s Welcoming Stance," 15 May 2018 The Kardashian-Jenner family has often used Twitter to dispel rumors about themselves. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kris Jenner Shuts Down Report That Kim Kardashian Can't "Control" Kanye West," 25 Apr. 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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The first known use of dispel was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for dispel

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 \
dispelled; dispelling

Kids Definition of dispel

: to make go away dispel doubts

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