Meaning of REPEL in English



Pronunciation: ri- ' pel

Function: verb

Inflected Form: re · pelled ; re · pel · ling

Etymology: Middle English repellen, from Middle French repeller, from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to drive ― more at FELT

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1 a : to drive back : REPULSE b : to fight against : RESIST

2 : TURN AWAY , REJECT < repelled the insinuation>

3 a : to drive away : DISCOURAGE <foul words and frowns must not repel a lover ― Shakespeare> b : to be incapable of adhering to, mixing with, taking up, or holding c : to force away or apart or tend to do so by mutual action at a distance

4 : to cause aversion in : DISGUST

intransitive verb : to cause aversion

– re · pel · ler noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.