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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.
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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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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