from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rid one's mind of: managed to dispel my doubts.
- transitive v. To drive away or off by or as if by scattering. See Synonyms at scatter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To drive away by scattering, or to cause to vanish; to clear away; to banish; to dissipate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish; to clear away; to banish; to dissipate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drive off or away; scatter or disperse effectually; dissipate: as, to dispel vapors, darkness, or gloom; to dispel fears, cares, sorrows, doubts, etc.; to dispel a tumor, or humors.
- Synonyms Disperse, Scatter, etc. (see dissipate), banish, remove.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to cause to separate and go in different directions
- v. force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
"There is this notion, one which I try to dispel, which is that people who hold strong antigay positions are always secretly gay."
Nor clearest noon tide can that horrid pain dispel.
It is astonishing how our prejudices change from youth to middle age, even without any remarkable interposition of fortune; I do not say dissipate, or even dispel, which is much more doubtful -- but they change.
PETER GELB, GENERAL MANAGER, METROPOLITAN OPERA: In an effort to kind of dispel or break down this image that the Met is some sort of an elitist organization, we have launched a whole bunch of initiatives to connect the Met to a broader public.
Obviously now the White House anxious to kind of dispel the notion of any tensions.
But I think this goes just a long way to kind of dispel a lot of the accusations at Al Jazeera, that we're a tool of the Iraqi regime.
Was he trying to kind of dispel the theory that maybe this was an act of defense on the behalf of Nathaniel Brazill?
Abdallah, one of the holiest of men, whom God hath blessed with supernatural powers, such as dispel doubts and obscurity.
Rufus: And it's also I think, it's important to kind of dispel the myth that that's where you know being gay is
I always took it to be a way to kind of dispel the magic that fun can produce, rewrite the narrative to a simple one where they were in charge.
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