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verb     repel pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerepelling
past tenserepelled
past participlerepelled
  1. 1
    [transitive] if something repels you, you think that it is extremely unpleasant and you want to avoid it
  2. 2
    [transitive] to keep something away, or to prevent it from entering something

    boots that have been specially treated to repel moisture

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] science if one thing repels another, an electrical or magnetic force makes them move away from each other
  3. 3
    [transitive] to force someone who is attacking to move back or to stop attacking


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