Repel

Definition of Repel

Re`pel´   Pronunciation: r?-p?l´
v. t.1.To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
[imp. & p. p. Repelled (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Repelling.]
They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted each other strongly.
- Macaulay.
2.To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault, an encroachment, or an argument.
[He] gently repelled their entreaties.
- Hawthorne.
v. i.1.To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.

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