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verb [intransitive]     rebel pronunciation in British English
/rɪˈbel/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrebel
he/she/itrebels
present participlerebelling
past tenserebelled
past participlerebelled
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  1. 1
    to try to remove a government or leader using force
    rebel against:

    The province has rebelled against the government.

  2. 2
    to oppose your leader, especially in politics

    Militants within the party are now threatening to rebel.

    1. a.
      to oppose someone in authority, or to oppose accepted ways of doing things

      It’s natural for teenagers to rebel.

      rebel against:

      Liberal parents often leave their kids nothing to rebel against.

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