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repel

re·pel

repel

 
pronunciation:
rih pel
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part of speech: verb
inflections: repelled, repelling, repels
definition 1: to ward off or force back.
This spray repels insects.These magnets are repelling each other.
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antonyms:
attract, lure
similar words:
dispel, disperse, expel, oust, resist, rout
definition 2: to keep out; resist.
The raincoat repels water.Oil and water repel each other.
synonyms:
resist, ward off, withstand
antonyms:
absorb
similar words:
avert, shed
definition 3: to cause to feel disgust.
I was repelled by the rotten food.
synonyms:
disgust, revolt
antonyms:
attract, bewitch, lure, tempt
similar words:
appall
derivations: repellingly (adv.), repellence (repellency) (n.), repeller (n.)
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The word repel contains the following part:
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push