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 increase in gun arrests should dispel allegations from some city leaders that officers are purposefully engaged in a work slowdown, Shea said. Fox News, "Bill de Blasio touts 'peaceful' weekend as NYPD hits 25-year high in gun arrests, top cop says," 8 Sep. 2020 This was the grand error of the regent, and which Law did not attempt to dispel. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Dollars & Lumber," 1 Sep. 2020 Some of them came downtown to speak to people and try to dispel the rumor that officers had killed Sole. Torey Van Oot, Star Tribune, "Lessons learned after George Floyd's death inform Minneapolis, state response to riot," 27 Aug. 2020 In the early hours of Monday morning, police deployed tear gas in Kenosha, Wisconsin in order to dispel a group of protesters. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "Jacob Blake, An Unarmed Black Man, Was Shot By Police 7 Times. When Will Police Violence End?," 24 Aug. 2020 On Saturday, financial regulators in Hong Kong sought to dispel any market fears and worries the sanctions would impact the daily operations of financial firms in the city, Reuters reported. Washington Post, "The U.S. sanctions against Hong Kong officials, explained," 8 Aug. 2020 The Minneapolis Police Department released a video of the man's suicide on Wednesday to dispel rumors that officers had killed him, the department said on Twitter. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Minneapolis erupts after a homicide suspect killed himself, sparking false rumors that police had been involved," 27 Aug. 2020 Arradondo tried to dispel rumors that spread on social media about the death of the unidentified Black man, who was suspected in a Wednesday afternoon homicide and fatally shot himself on the Nicollet Mall as officers approached several hours later. Jeff Baenen, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis calm morning after man's suicide sparked unrest," 27 Aug. 2020 Dallas white collar trial lawyer Jeff Ansley said the charges against Brewer dispel any idea that the administration is pressuring the SEC to avoid certain targets. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Jack Brewer, ex-NFL player accused of insider trading, vouches that Trump is no racist at GOP conventionThis article has comments enabled.," 26 Aug. 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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The first known use of dispel was in the 15th century

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15 Sep 2020

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“Dispel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispel. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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