Definitions for: Dispel


[v] 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"
[v] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example; "She waved her hand and scattered the crows."



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*pel", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispelled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Dispelling.] [L. dispellere; dis- + pellere to push,
drive. See Pulse a beating.]
To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish; to
clear away; to banish; to dissipate; as, to dispel a cloud,
vapors, cares, doubts, illusions.

[Satan] gently raised their fainting courage, and
dispelled their fears. --Milton.

I saw myself the lambent easy light Gild the brown
horror, and dispel the night. --Dryden.

Synonyms: break up, chase away, disperse, dissipate, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, scatter, turn back

See Also: banish, clear the air, disband, displace, divide, fire, frighten, move, separate, shoo, shoo away, shoo off

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