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 To dispel the despair that began at 10:41 p.m. on June 12, those in Black and Gold country need the fresh air of the preseason. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "What will the next generation of Bruins bring?," 31 Aug. 2019 Scenes painted with colorful choices of wardrobe and makeup dispels the idea that brown-skinned girls are unattractive and shouldn’t stand out or be bold. Imani Bashir, Teen Vogue, "Missy Elliott's "Iconology" Prioritizes Black Art and Identity," 23 Aug. 2019 Medical and scientific advances have not dispelled all the ignorance and misplaced fear about HIV. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Medical advances still haven’t stopped HIV epidemic in Alabama," 11 Aug. 2019 Wild places and wild animals dispel the importance of our inventions, systems and schemes. Anchorage Daily News, "Women have always been hunters, and hunting has nothing to do with gender," 6 Aug. 2019 Iacocca did little to dispel his imperial reputation. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 Principal Kurt Ruffing said the fitness center is one way to dispel any rumor of the school ever leaving Price Hill. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Elder High School unveils first phase of new Panther Fitness Center," 29 June 2019 Enchantment: An enchantment also works like a spell or sorcery, but instead stays in play indefinitely until your opponent can find a way to dispel it. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 But the central figure in those efforts figures to be Ronald Acuna Jr., a 20-year-old outfielder from Venezuela who entered spring training as one of baseball’s most touted prospects and has done nothing to dispel the buzz around him. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Top prospect Ronald Acuna has Braves dreaming of return to glory days," 17 Mar. 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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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of dispel was in the 15th century

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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