American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ward off or keep away; drive back: repel insects.
- v. To offer resistance to; fight against: repel an invasion.
- v. To refuse to accept; reject: a company that was trying to repel a hostile takeover.
- v. To turn away from; spurn.
- v. To cause aversion or distaste in: Your rudeness repels everyone. See Synonyms at disgust. See Usage Note at repulse.
- v. To be resistant to; be incapable of absorbing or mixing with: Oil repels water.
- v. Physics To present an opposing force to; push back or away by a force: Electric charges of the same sign repel one another.
- v. To offer a resistant force to something.
- v. To cause aversion or distaste: behavior that repels.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drive back; force to return; check the advance of; repulse: as, to repel an assailant.
- To encounter in any manner with effectual resistance; resist; oppose; reject: as, to repel an encroachment; to repel an argument.
- To drive back or away: the opposite of attract. See repulsion.
- Synonyms and Decline, Reject, etc. (see refuse), parry, ward off, defeat.
- To act with force in opposition to force impressed; antagonize.
- In medicine, to prevent such an afflux of fluids to any particular part as would render it tumid or swollen.
- v. transitive, sports To save (a shot)
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to
repelan enemy or an assailant.
- v. To resist or oppose effectually.
- v. To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.
- v. fill with distaste
- v. reject outright and bluntly
- v. be repellent to; cause aversion in
- v. force or drive back
- v. cause to move back by force or influence
- From Middle English repellen, from Old French * repeller, from Latin repellere ("to drive back"), from re- ("back") + pellere ("to drive"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English repellen, from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere : re-, re- + pellere, to drive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Poles of the same name repel each other; poles of unlike name attract each other.”
“Magnetic power generators make electricity in the following way: If you want to generate cheap electricity, you have to understand that opposites attract and likes repel, which is the essence of magnetic power.”
“So while 'repel' may not be the right word, these chinos are water resistant, a brisk shake and all the water fell to the ground.”
“With a similar obnoxious edge to Beyonce's infamous 'if you like it than you should have put a ring on it' lyric, it will either hit a big red 'repel' button or go straight in as your song of the year.”
“I even had bites all over my bum following an emergency toilet situation which caught me off guard as I had not had the foresight to "repel" this area of my body!”
“National Enquirer, she's taking time out to focus on "inner growth" and figure out why she seems to constantly "repel" men.”
“One corpsman remarked in a letter home, “The engineers and technicians teach us to be soil soldiers, a name they call us here, because we are the army who are training to repel the enemies of the land.””
“Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.”
“Another friend of mine swears by rubbing dryer sheets on his exposed skin to repel mosquito's.”
“But Dickens 'sentences repel me, so I'll have to take Tyler's word for it.”
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