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
Middle English dispellen, from Latin dispellere : dis-, apart; see dis- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)