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English definition of “repel”

repel

verb [T] (FORCE AWAY)    /rɪˈpel/ (-ll-)
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.Pushing and shovingResponding to an attack specialized physics to have a magnetic field which pushes away something with a similar magnetic field: Similar poles of magnets repel each other, and opposite poles attract.Pushing and shoving
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