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repel

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈpel/ (-ll-) us  

repel verb [T] (FORCE AWAY)

to force something or someone to move away or stop attacking you: This coat has a special surface that repels moisture. formal The defenders repelled the attack without losing any men. specialized physics to have a magnetic field which pushes away something with a similar magnetic field: Similar poles of magnets repel each other, and opposite poles attract.

repel verb [T] (CAUSE STRONG DISLIKE)

People or things that repel you make you feel strongly that you do not want to be near, see, or think about them: She was repelled by his ugliness. Her arrogance repels many people.
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