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Meaning & Definition of Dispel in English

English

Dispel

/dɪspɛl/

verb

1. Force to go away

  • Used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
  • "Drive away potential burglars"
  • "Drive away bad thoughts"
  • "Dispel doubts"
  • "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
    synonym:
  • chase away
  • ,
  • drive out
  • ,
  • turn back
  • ,
  • drive away
  • ,
  • dispel
  • ,
  • drive off
  • ,
  • run off

2. To cause to separate and go in different directions

  • "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
    synonym:
  • disperse
  • ,
  • dissipate
  • ,
  • dispel
  • ,
  • break up
  • ,
  • scatter