Definition of “rebel” - English Dictionary

“rebel” in British English

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rebelnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈreb.əl/ us /ˈreb.əl/

B2 a person who is opposed to the political system in their country and tries to change it using force :

The rebels took over the capital and set up a new government.

a person who does not like rules or authority, and shows this by behaving differently from most people in society:

He was a rebel when he was a teenager and dyed his hair pink.

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rebelverb [ I ]

uk /rɪˈbel/ us /rɪˈbel/ -ll-

B2 to fight against the government:

The people rebelled against the harsh new government.

to refuse to obey rules or people in authority:

Jacob rebelled against his parents' plans for him and left school at the age of 16.
If you are too strict with teenagers, they often rebel.

to react against a feeling, action, plan, etc.:

My poor sick stomach rebelled at the idea of any more food.

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

“rebel” in American English

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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 opposes authority and thinks or behaves differently:

The government tried to set up talks with the rebels.
Though he dressed unusually, he never meant to be a rebel.

US history Soldiers fighting for the southern states in the American Civil War were called rebels.

verb [ I ] us /rəˈbel/ -ll-

Children often rebel against being forced to eat certain foods.

(Definition of “rebel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)