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Meaning of “rebel” in the English Dictionary

"rebel" in British English

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rebelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈreb.əl/
B2 a ​person who is ​opposed to the ​politicalsystem in ​theircountry and ​tries to ​change it using ​force : The rebels took over the ​capital and set up a new ​government. rebel troops/​fighters a ​person who does not like ​rules or ​authority, and ​shows this by ​behavingdifferently from most ​people in ​society: He was a rebel when he was a ​teenager and ​dyed his ​hairpink.

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rebelverb [I]

uk   us   /rɪˈbel/ (-ll-)
B2 to ​fight against the ​government: The ​people rebelled against the ​harsh new ​government. to ​refuse to ​obeyrules or ​people in ​authority: Jacob rebelled against his ​parents' ​plans for him and ​leftschool at the ​age of 16. If you are too ​strict with ​teenagers, they often rebel. to ​react against a ​feeling, ​action, ​plan, etc.: My ​poorsickstomach rebelled at the ​idea of any more ​food.
(Definition of rebel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rebelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈreb·əl/
a ​person who ​refuses to ​accept the government’s ​power and uses ​force to ​oppose it, or a ​person who ​opposesauthority and ​thinks or ​behavesdifferently: The ​governmenttried to set up ​talks with the rebels. Though he ​dressedunusually, he never ​meant to be a rebel. US history Soldiers ​fighting for the ​southernstates in the American Civil War were called rebels.
rebel
verb [I]  us   /rəˈbel/ (-ll-)
Children often rebel against being ​forced to ​eatcertainfoods.
(Definition of rebel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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