Results for: repel
v. re·pelled, re·pel·ling, re·pels
1. To ward off or keep away; drive back: repel insects.
2. To offer resistance to; fight against: repel an invasion.
3. To refuse to accept; reject: a company that was trying to repel a hostile takeover.
4. To turn away from; spurn.
To cause aversion or distaste in: Your rudeness repels everyone.
See Synonyms at disgust
. See Usage Note at repulse
6. To be resistant to; be incapable of absorbing or mixing with: Oil repels water.
7. Physics To present an opposing force to; push back or away by a force: Electric charges of the same sign repel one another.
1. To offer a resistant force to something.
2. To cause aversion or distaste: behavior that repels.
[Middle English repellen, from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere : re-, re- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.]
repel /rpl/ v. [T] -pelled, -pelling, -pels to make s.o. or s.t. go away, force it to leave, (syn.) to repulse: The smell of this candle repels insects so that they wont bother us while were outside.