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The 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]