Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To ward off or keep away; drive back.
  • intransitive verb To offer resistance to; fight against.
  • intransitive verb To refuse to accept or submit to; reject.
  • intransitive verb To refuse to accept (someone); spurn.
  • intransitive verb To cause aversion or distaste in: synonym: disgust.
  • intransitive verb To be resistant to; be incapable of absorbing or mixing with.
  • intransitive verb Physics To present an opposing force to; push back or away from by a force.
  • intransitive verb To offer a resistant force to something.
  • intransitive verb To cause aversion or distaste.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.
  • transitive verb To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
  • transitive verb To resist or oppose effectually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, sports To save (a shot)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb fill with distaste
  • verb reject outright and bluntly
  • verb be repellent to; cause aversion in
  • verb force or drive back
  • verb cause to move back by force or influence

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English repellen, from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere : re-, re- + pellere, to drive; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English repellen, from Old French * repeller, from Latin repellere ("to drive back"), from re- ("back") + pellere ("to drive").

Examples

  • Poles of the same name repel each other; poles of unlike name attract each other.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • National Enquirer, she's taking time out to focus on "inner growth" and figure out why she seems to constantly "repel" men.

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  • 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.”

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  • Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.

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  • Another friend of mine swears by rubbing dryer sheets on his exposed skin to repel mosquito's.

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