AskDefine | Define repel

Dictionary Definition



1 cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders" [syn: drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back] [ant: attract]
2 be repellent to; cause aversion in [syn: repulse] [ant: attract]
3 force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack" [syn: repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back]
4 reject outright and bluntly; "She snubbed his proposal" [syn: rebuff, snub]
5 fill with distaste; "This spoilt food disgusts me" [syn: disgust, gross out, revolt] [also: repelling, repelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˈpɛl/, /rI"pEl/


  1. to put off
  2. to force away (usually concerning magnets)
  3. to cause repulsion, cause dislike.



to put off
to force away

Extensive Definition

Repel is a village and commune in the Vosges département of northeastern France.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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