- Inflections of 'repel' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•pel /rɪˈpɛl/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -pelled, -pel•ling. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.):The army repelled the last invasion.
- to fail to mix with:Water and oil repel each other.
- to resist the absorption of:This coat repels rain.
- to cause a feeling of distaste or dislike:She was repelled by his bad manners.
- to push away by a force (opposed to attract ):The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.
(ri pel′),USA pronunciation v., -pelled, -pel•ling. v.t.
- to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).
- to thrust back or away.
- to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).
- to keep off or out;
fail to mix with:Water and oil repel each other.
- to resist the absorption or passage of (water or other liquid):This coat repels rain.
- to refuse to have to do with;
resist involvement in:to repel temptation.
- to refuse to accept or admit;
reject:to repel a suggestion.
- to discourage the advances of (a person):He repelled me with his harshness.
- to cause distaste or aversion in:Their untidy appearance repelled us.
- to push back or away by a force, as one body acting upon another (opposed to attract):The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.
re•pel′lence, re•pel′len•cy, n.
- to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.
- to cause distaste or aversion.
- Latin repellere to drive back, equivalent. to re- re- + pellere to drive, push; see repulse
- Middle English repellen 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged repulse, parry, ward off.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged withstand, oppose, rebuff.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged decline, rebuff.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attract.
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repel /rɪˈpɛl/ vb ( -pels, -pelling, -pelled)(mainly tr)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to push, drivereˈpeller n USAGE
- to force or drive back (something or somebody, esp an attacker)
- (also intr) to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste in (someone or something); be disgusting (to)
- to be effective in keeping away, controlling, or resisting: an aerosol spray that repels flies
- to have no affinity for; fail to mix with or absorb: water and oil repel each other
- to disdain to accept (something); turn away from or spurn: she repelled his advances
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