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repel

verb

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1 to drive back
  • the defenders repelled the attacking army after several hours of fierce fighting

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2 to cause to feel disgust
  • the idea of chocolate-covered grasshoppers repels me

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3 to refuse to give in to
  • repelled the temptation to stay out late and call in sick the next day

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

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“Repel.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/repel. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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