Meaning of “repel” in the English Dictionary

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repelverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈpel/ us /rɪˈpel/ -ll-

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 that 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.

(Definition of “repel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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repelverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈpel/ -ll-

to force away something unwanted:

This coat repels moisture.

Repel can also mean disgust:

Even the idea of him repels her.
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)