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dispel

dis·pel

dispel

 
pronunciation:
dih spel
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dispelled, dispelling, dispels
definition: to drive away or get rid of by, or as if by, scattering in all directions; disperse.
A brisk wind dispelled the fog.Early success dispelled all doubts about his ability.
synonyms:
disperse, eliminate, remove, scatter
similar words:
destroy, dismiss, disseminate, dissipate, expel, rout, strew
derivations: dispellable (adj.), dispeller (n.)
Word Parts
The word dispel contains the following part:
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push