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REPEL (repelled, repelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does repel mean? 

REPEL (verb)
  The verb REPEL has 5 senses:

1. cause to move back by force or influence
2. be repellent to; cause aversion in
3. force or drive back
4. reject outright and bluntly
5. fill with distaste

  Familiarity information: REPEL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REPEL (verb)


Sense 1repel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to move back by force or influence

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

repel; push back; force back; beat back; repulse; drive

Context examples:

repel the enemy / push back the urge to smoke / beat back the invaders

Hypernyms (to "repel" is one way to...):

force; push (move with force,)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Antonym:

attract (direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes)


Sense 2repel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be repellent to; cause aversion in

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

repel; repulse

Hypernyms (to "repel" is one way to...):

displease (give displeasure to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "repel"):

churn up; disgust; nauseate; revolt; sicken (cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of)

put off; turn off (cause to feel intense dislike or distaste)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to repel Sue

Antonym:

attract (be attractive to)


Sense 3repel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force or drive back

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

drive back; fight off; repulse; rebuff; repel

Context examples:

repel the attacker / fight off the onslaught / rebuff the attack

Hypernyms (to "repel" is one way to...):

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4repel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reject outright and bluntly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

rebuff; snub; repel

Context example:

She snubbed his proposal

Hypernyms (to "repel" is one way to...):

disdain; freeze off; pooh-pooh; reject; scorn; spurn; turn down (reject with contempt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5repel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill with distaste

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

disgust; gross out; revolt; repel

Context example:

This spoilt food disgusts me

Hypernyms (to "repel" is one way to...):

excite; stimulate; stir (stir feelings in)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "repel"):

nauseate; sicken; turn one's stomach (upset and make nauseated)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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