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repel

verb [T] (FORCE AWAY)    /rɪˈpel/ (-ll-)
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.Pushing and shovingResponding to an attack 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 .Pushing and shoving
(Definition of repel verb (FORCE AWAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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