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 Working to dispel the notion that Trump is racist are black loyalists such as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Some Democrats fear Trump outreach to black voters might just work," 27 Feb. 2020 Trump has done little to dispel the notion that the recent firings came in response to the impeachment saga, particularly since Sondland and Vindman were reportedly already eyeing the exits. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "John Cornyn defends Trump’s firing of Sondland, Vindman: ‘That’s within his prerogative’," 11 Feb. 2020 Bay Village has stepped up to put together a series of community events in the dead of winter to dispel the age-old notion -- usually from the kids -- that there is nothing to do. cleveland, "Bay Village offers February fun for young and young at heart," 3 Feb. 2020 Beijing has waived some loans owed by the continent’s poorest countries in an effort to dispel criticism. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Gambia’s Former President," 10 Dec. 2018 But there are constitutional and legal reasons why a president can’t delay a federal election or extend his term of office, which should dispel any worries. Derek T. Muller, WSJ, "Trump Can’t Postpone the Election," 29 Apr. 2020 The thousands of documents from Biden’s time in Congress from 1973 to 2009 may include staff personnel files, office administration records, or records of meeting notes — any of which may provide hints about or dispel aspects of Reade’s story. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Could a closed archive hold answers on Biden sexual misconduct claim?," 17 Apr. 2020 Lastly, check out the Public Health Agency of Canada for the latest and most accurate information as a way of dispelling fake news. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "How To Be Safer Online Right Now, From Passwords To Spam Filters," 17 Apr. 2020 Error 0: Long will be available to discuss the virus and dispel some of the rumors swirling on social media. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Owner of The Branch closing Mondays to support Chinatown businesses affected by coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

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“Dispel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispel. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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