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repel (v.)

early 15c., "to drive away, remove, quench" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French repeller and directly from Latin repellere "to drive back," from re- "back" (see re-) + pellere "to drive, strike" (from PIE root *pel- (5) "to thrust, strike, drive").

The sense of "encounter (an invader, etc.) with effectual resistance, resist, oppose" is from mid-15c. The meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is by 1817. Related: Repelled; repelling.

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Definitions of repel

repel (v.)
cause to move back by force or influence;
repel the enemy
Synonyms: drive / repulse / force back / push back / beat back
repel (v.)
be repellent to; cause aversion in;
Synonyms: repulse
repel (v.)
force or drive back;
repel the attacker
Synonyms: repulse / fight off / rebuff / drive back
repel (v.)
reject outright and bluntly;
Synonyms: rebuff / snub
repel (v.)
fill with distaste;
Synonyms: disgust / gross out / revolt
From wordnet.princeton.edu