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 While the company’s stock price dipped on the new earnings, CEO Kasper Rorsted tried to dispel any concerns about its footwear sales on a call with analysts and investors today (Nov. 6). Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Can Adidas come up with another hit sneaker?," 6 Nov. 2019 For a government trying to dispel an image of being a bunch of smug, entitled private-school types sleepwalking into national crisis, Rees-Mogg’s air of condescension and disdain has not been helpful. BostonGlobe.com, "LONDON — Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of Britain’s House of Commons and a prominent ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggested this week that victims of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire lacked the common sense to defy firefighters’ orders and flee the building, costing them their lives.," 6 Nov. 2019 Conservatives have long accused Facebook of suppressing conservative political view and the company has tried to dispel that belief. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ahead of 2020, FB ensnared in heated political climate," 15 Oct. 2019 But mainly, its goal is to dispel the notion that Native Americans are relics of the past, Johnson said. oregonlive.com, "Paddling in Chinook canoe, students learn Native American history first-hand," 21 July 2019 Now there's a new trailer that should dispel any lingering doubts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New trailer for Disney’s live-action Dumbo captures magic of original," 15 Nov. 2018 But his behavior did little to dispel perceptions that he and his disappointing team lack focus. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Baker Mayfield’s testy moment isn’t helping perception that he and Browns lack focus," 31 Oct. 2019 In speeches in the past month, Fed policymakers, including Powell, Vice Chair Richard Clarida, and New York Fed President John Williams have done little to dispel those expectations. Washington Post, "Uncertainties escalate for Fed as it weighs another rate cut," 23 Oct. 2019 Analysts said the data did little to dispel fears Germany has entered a shallow recession. San Diego Union-Tribune, "German business survey does little to dispel recession fears," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of dispel was in the 15th century

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3 Dec 2019

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“Dispel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispel?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dispel01. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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