dispel

verb
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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These excursions, captured with reckless fluidity by the cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, aerate the movie and temporarily dispel the dust of Higher Power earnestness. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 This narrow view of Watergate was dispelled by the House Judiciary Committee in 1974, which found Nixon guilty of having committed three kinds of offenses against the Constitution, in three Articles of Impeachment. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Has Already Begun," 5 June 2018 Sally Ride Science helps to combat misconceptions and dispel myths by bringing practicing scientists and engineers directly to the students. Bonnie J. Dunbar, Scientific American, "Sally Ride’s Legacy Lives On," 18 June 2018 Unfortunately, the air of uncertainty wasn't entirely dispelled. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Makes a Post-Brexit Pledge to Visit All of Ireland's 32 Counties," 9 Mar. 2019 The idea parallels the notion of vigil-keeping and waiting for the light to dispel the darkness, says Morrill. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 And, just to dispel any other rumors as to why Meghan was separated from the pack, People reported that the balconies are simply too small to fit everyone on one. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Moe Berg was a mystery, and mystery is what Paul Rudd seems to have been put on earth to lightly and insistently dispel. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When baseball and espionage played on the same team," 20 June 2018 Ince, a former schoolteacher, has worked assiduously to dispel this image and champion a more inclusive future. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The quest to defeat Erdogan," 19 June 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 How to pronounce dispel (audio) \
dispelled; dispelling

Kids Definition of dispel

: to make go away dispel doubts

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