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English verb: dispel

1. dispel (motion) force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

SamplesDrive away potential burglars.
Drive away bad thoughts.
Dispel doubts.
The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers.

Synonymschase away, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)banish, clear the air, fire, frighten, shoo, shoo away, shoo off

Verb groupdrive out, force out, rouse, rout out

2. dispel (motion) to cause to separate and go in different directions

SamplesShe waved her hand and scattered the crowds.

Synonymsbreak up, disperse, dissipate, scatter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)divide, separate

Narrower (hyponym)disband

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