dispel

verb dis·pel \ di-ˈspel \

Definition of dispel

dispelled; dispelling
transitive verb
:to drive away or cause to vanish by or as if by scattering :dissipate
  • dispel a rumor

Examples of dispel in a Sentence

  1. This report should dispel any doubts you have about the plan.

  2. She made an official statement to dispel any rumors about her retirement.

  3. The experience dispelled some of our fears about the process.

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Origin and Etymology of dispel

Middle English, from Latin dispellere, from dis- + pellere to drive, beat — more at felt

Synonym Discussion of 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

DISPEL Defined for English Language Learners

dispel

verb

Definition of dispel for English Language Learners

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


DISPEL Defined for Kids

dispel

verb dis·pel \ di-ˈspel \

Definition of dispel for Students

dispelled; dispelling
:to make go away
  • dispel doubts


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