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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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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An immigrant from Senegal, Driss evoked white fears of black immigration, then dispelled them in what became an irresistible fairy tale of good fellowship and racial harmony. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Upside’ Review: Uplift on Demand," 10 Jan. 2019 But why bother with NMDA receptors at all if elevating BDNF is what dispels depression? Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 And this year, a new study presented evidence that dispels the notion that Neanderthals were big into skull cracking. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Fatal police violence was also a problem in places where high crime was not an issue, dispelling the notion that police must use harsher tactics in some areas to keep the peace. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "‘When is it OK for the police to kill someone you love?’, BLM’s McKesson pivots from ‘awareness’ to the ‘fix’," 16 Sep. 2018 Plays with an aggression that dispels any notion of a low-energy player. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "2018 NBA draft: Meet the draft possibilities from Michigan," 21 June 2018 The Mets have six weeks to start playing better baseball, reinforcing Alderson’s optimism, and dispel any notion that trading deGrom and Syndergaard is the best path forward. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "As Mets nosedive, GM Sandy Alderson says club will never go 'extremist' with rebuild," 5 June 2018 This exchange from the fall of 1963 helps to dispel the stereotype of Monroe as a stern, vengeful Moses. Eddie Dean, WSJ, "‘Bill Monroe’ and ‘Blue Grass Generation’ Review: The Blue Grass Boy," 27 Sep. 2018 In the second, the fisherman’s aggression is gradually dispelled into sympathy, and as the angel dances for him, the music grows lighter and brighter, finally evaporating into a ringing echo. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Only the Sound Remains’ Review: Ethereal Yet Earthbound," 20 Nov. 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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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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