1. cause to move back by force or influence;
- Example: "repel the enemy"
- Example: "push back the urge to smoke"
- Example: "beat back the invaders"
[syn: repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back]
2. be repellent to; cause aversion in;
[syn: repel, repulse]
3. force or drive back;
- Example: "repel the attacker"
- Example: "fight off the onslaught"
- Example: "rebuff the attack"
[syn: repel, repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back]
4. reject outright and bluntly;
- Example: "She snubbed his proposal"
[syn: rebuff, snub, repel]
5. fill with distaste;
- Example: "This spoilt food disgusts me"
[syn: disgust, gross out, revolt, repel]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Repel \Re*pel"\, v. i. To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion. [1913 Webster] RepellenceThe Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Repel \Re**pel"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repelled (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Repelling.] [L. repellere, repulsum; pref. re- re- + pellere to drive. See Pulse a beating, and cf. Repulse, Repeal.] 1. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant. [1913 Webster] Hippomedon repelled the hostile tide. --Pope. [1913 Webster] They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted each other strongly. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault, an encroachment, or an argument. [1913 Webster] [He] gently repelled their entreaties. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] Syn: Tu repulse; resist; oppose; reject; refuse. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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