from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ward off or keep away; drive back: repel insects.
- transitive v. To offer resistance to; fight against: repel an invasion.
- transitive v. To refuse to accept; reject: a company that was trying to repel a hostile takeover.
- transitive v. To turn away from; spurn.
- transitive v. To cause aversion or distaste in: Your rudeness repels everyone. See Synonyms at disgust. See Usage Note at repulse.
- transitive v. To be resistant to; be incapable of absorbing or mixing with: Oil repels water.
- transitive v. Physics To present an opposing force to; push back or away by a force: Electric charges of the same sign repel one another.
- intransitive v. To offer a resistant force to something.
- intransitive v. To cause aversion or distaste: behavior that repels.
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- v. To save (a shot)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
- transitive v. To resist or oppose effectually.
- intransitive v. To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English repellen, from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere : re-, re- + pellere, to drive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English repellen, from Old French * repeller, from Latin repellere ("to drive back"), from re- ("back") + pellere ("to drive"). (Wiktionary)