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English definition of “repel”

repel

verb [T]     /rɪˈpel/ (present participle repelling, past tense and past participle repelled)
MOVE AWAY to make someone or something move away or stop attacking you: a smell that repels insectsPushing and shovingResponding to an attack
UNPLEASANT If someone or something repels you, you think they are extremely unpleasant.Inspiring dislikeSerious and unpleasant
(Definition of repel verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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