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verb repel pronunciation in British English /rɪˈpel/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrepel
he/she/itrepels
present participlerepelling
past tenserepelled
past participlerepelled
  1. 2
    [transitive] to keep something away, or to prevent it from entering something

    The wheat is genetically engineered to repel insects.

    boots that have been specially treated to repel moisture

  2. 3
    [transitive] to force someone who is attacking to move back or to stop attacking

    Using water cannons and tear gas, police repelled protesters outside the US embassy.

  3. 4
    [transitive] to be unwilling to accept something

    a very private woman, who unconsciously repelled any attempts at intimacy

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