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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
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  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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