1. [ verb ] (military) force or drive back
Synonyms: repel rebuff drive_off drive_back fight_off

"repel the attacker" "fight off the onslaught" "rebuff the attack"

Related terms: fight rebuff
2. [ verb ] be repellent to; cause aversion in
Synonyms: repel
Related terms: attract displease estrange disgust piss_off repellent
3. [ verb ] cause to move back by force or influence
Synonyms: repel drive push_back beat_back force_back

"repel the enemy" "push back the urge to smoke" "beat back the invaders"

Related terms: attract attract push drive campaign drive rollback
4. [ noun ] an instance of driving away or warding off
Synonyms: snub rebuff
Related terms: rejection repel repel
Similar spelling:   repulsive