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English verb: repel

1. repel (contact) cause to move back by force or influence


SamplesRepel the enemy.
Push back the urge to smoke.
Beat back the invaders.


Synonymsbeat back, drive, force back, push back, repulse


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


Broader (hypernym)force, push


Verb groupdrive


Antonymsattract, pull in, draw in, pull, draw

2. repel (emotion) be repellent to; cause aversion in


ExamplesThe performance is likely to repel Sue


Synonymsrepulse


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


Broader (hypernym)displease


Narrower (hyponym)churn up, disgust, nauseate, put off, revolt, sicken, turn off


Antonymsattract, appeal

3. repel (competition) force or drive back


SamplesRepel the attacker.
Fight off the onslaught.
Rebuff the attack.


Synonymsdrive back, fight off, rebuff, repulse


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


Broader (hypernym)defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose

4. repel (communication) reject outright and bluntly


SamplesShe snubbed his proposal.


Synonymsrebuff, snub


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


Broader (hypernym)disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down

5. repel (perception) fill with distaste


SamplesThis spoilt food disgusts me.


Synonymsdisgust, gross out, revolt


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


Broader (hypernym)excite, stimulate, stir


Narrower (hyponym)nauseate, sicken, turn one's stomach









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