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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The thesis is to dispel myths about sobriety, as well as serve as a handbook for someone who wants to change their relationship with alcohol. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Problem With Calling Sobriety A "Wellness Trend"," 5 July 2019 But the Netherlands and Sweden did nothing to dispel the notion that the real World Cup final was played Tuesday night, when the Americans beat England. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It'll be newcomer vs. champion for World Cup title as Netherlands, US meet in final," 3 July 2019 These tours aim to dispel any notions that people may have of Dharavi being a place of misery, and are actually very inspiring. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Slum tours beat the Taj Mahal as India’s most popular “experience”," 25 June 2019 The occupation of the West Bank has lasted 52 years and counting; this is not the exhibition to dispel the widespread Israeli complacency over its effects. The Economist, "On the borders of art in Israel," 28 June 2019 The trappings of a conference do nothing to dispel this feeling: everything is arranged — your room, your food, your schedule — and hey, look! James Vincent, The Verge, "I welcomed our new robot overlords at Amazon’s first AI conference," 27 June 2019 As the New Yorker points out, this idea was difficult to dispel for years. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's Why Stonehenge Is Connected to the Summer Solstice," 20 June 2019 The rising sun should eventually dispel the fog by mid to late morning, forecasters wrote. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Forecasters warn of dense fog along coast, so drive slowly," 19 June 2019 All told, Intel’s concept PCs appear to be well received by PC vendors, who are using the innovative designs to dispel the idea that the PC is dying. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel dreams of the PC's future: 'Ambient PCs,' fancy fabrics, and a monster dual-display gaming rig," 29 May 2019

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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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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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