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rebel

adjective reb·el \ ˈre-bəl \

Definition of rebel

1 a :opposing or taking arms against a government or ruler
b :of or relating to rebels
  • the rebel camp

Examples of rebel in a Sentence

  1. today's rebel chefs feel free to ignore the dictates of classic French cuisine

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Origin and Etymology of rebel

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin rebellis, from re- + bellum war, from Old Latin duellum


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rebel

noun

Definition of rebel

:one who rebels or participates in a rebellion

Examples of rebel in a Sentence

  1. The government captured six armed rebels.

  2. He was a rebel against the school administration.

  3. He is a typical teenage rebel.

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First Known Use of rebel

14th century


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rebel

verb re·bel \ ri-ˈbel \

Definition of rebel

rebelled; rebelling
intransitive verb
1 a :to oppose or disobey one in authority or control
b :to renounce and resist by force the authority of one's government
2 a :to act in or show opposition or disobedience
  • rebelled against the conventions of polite society
b :to feel or exhibit anger or revulsion
  • rebelled at the injustice of life

Examples of rebel in a Sentence

  1. When the government imposed more taxes, the people rebelled.

  2. The protesters are rebelling against the new tax law.

  3. Children often rebel against their parents.

Recent Examples of rebel from the Web

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First Known Use of rebel

14th century

rebel Synonyms

Synonyms
mutiny, revolt, kick over the traces
Related Words
defy, disobey, mock; revolutionize; buck, combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist, withstand
Near Antonyms
comply (with), follow, mind, obey, submit; attend, serve

REBEL Defined for English Language Learners

rebel

noun

Definition of rebel for English Language Learners

  • : a person who opposes or fights against a government

  • : a person who opposes a person or group in authority : a person who does not obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.


rebel

verb

Definition of rebel for English Language Learners

  • : to oppose or fight against a government

  • : to oppose a person or group in authority : to refuse to obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.


REBEL Defined for Kids

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rebel

noun reb·el \ ˈre-bəl \

Definition of rebel for Students

1 :a person who opposes or fights against a government
2 :a person who does not obey authority or follow usual standards

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rebel

verb re·bel \ ri-ˈbel \

Definition of rebel for Students

rebelled; rebelling
1 :to be or fight against authority and especially the authority of a person's government
2 :to feel or show anger, strong dislike, or disapproval
  • “She wanted to make it a whole purple suit, but I rebelled.”
  • —Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

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rebel

adjective reb·el \ ˈre-bəl \

Definition of rebel for Students

:opposing or fighting against a government or ruler


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