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repelverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈpel/ (-ll-)
  • repel verb [T] (FORCE AWAY)

to ​force something or someone to ​move away or ​stopattacking you: This ​coat has a ​specialsurface that repels ​moisture.formal The ​defenders repelled the ​attack without ​losing any men. specialized physics to have a ​magneticfield that ​pushes away something with a ​similarmagneticfield: Similar ​poles of ​magnets repel each other, and ​oppositepolesattract.
  • repel verb [T] (CAUSE STRONG DISLIKE)

People or things that repel you make you ​feelstrongly that you do not ​want to be near, ​see, or ​think about them: She was repelled by his ​ugliness. Her ​arrogance repels many ​people.
(Definition of repel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"repel" in American English

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repelverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈpel/ (-ll-)
to ​force away something ​unwanted: This ​coat repels ​moisture. Repel can also ​meandisgust: Even the ​idea of him repels her.
repellent
noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈpel·ənt/
[U] Bring ​insect repellent along on the ​hike.
(Definition of repel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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