repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back(verb)
cause to move back by force or influence
"repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
be repellent to; cause aversion in
repel, repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back(verb)
force or drive back
"repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
rebuff, snub, repel(verb)
reject outright and bluntly
"She snubbed his proposal"
disgust, gross out, revolt, repel(verb)
fill with distaste
"This spoilt food disgusts me"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To drive is to move an object with some force or violence before or away from oneself; it is the direct reverse of draw, lead, etc. A man leads a horse by the halter, drives him with whip and rein. One may be driven to a thing or from it; hence, drive is a synonym equally for compel or for repel or repulse. Repulse is stronger and more conclusive than repel; one may be repelled by the very aspect of the person whose favor he seeks, but is not repulsed except by the direct refusal or ignoring of his suit. A certain conventional modern usage, especially in England, requires us to say that we drive in a carriage, ride upon a horse; tho in Scripture we read of riding in a chariot (2 Kings ix, 16; Jer. xvii, 25, etc.); good examples of the same usage may be found abundantly in the older English. The propriety of a person's saying that he is going to drive when he is simply to be conveyed in a carriage, where some one else, as the coachman, does all the driving, is exceedingly questionable. Many good authorities prefer to use ride in the older and broader sense as signifying to be supported and borne along by any means of conveyance. Compare BANISH; COMPEL; INFLUENCE.
See synonyms for DRAW.
Drive to market; to despair; drive into exile; from one's presence; out of the city; drive by, with, or under the lash; drive by or past beautiful estates; along the beach; beside the river; through the park; across the field; around the square; to the door; into the barn; out of the sunshine.
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How to use repel in a sentence?
You should respect each other and refrain from disputes you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.
It's true that opposites attract and likes repel, in chemistry as much as in real world. People are primarily drawn to each other because of unfulfilled desires and qualities in their lives. As a corollary, people often don't despise something that is not part of their constitutions or personalities. The world is beautiful, IMHO, because people complement each other and evolve towards perfection,gradually as it may be, by accepting and embracing their differences. Viva la difference!
My vigor, vitality, and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from.
This action will repel enemy attacks.
Security forces are reinforcing their positions and setting three defensive lines around Ramadi to repel any attempts by terrorists to launch further attacks, all these three defensive lines will become offensive launch-pads once we determine the zero hour to liberate Ramadi.
Translations for repel
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- refusar, repel·lir, rebutjarCatalan, Valencian
- torjua, karkottaa, etoa, hylkiäFinnish
- rebuter, repousserFrench
- पीछे हटानाHindi
- verjagen, afstoten, afwerenDutch
- оказывать сопротивление, отражать, отталкивать, вызывать отвращение, отпугивать, отказываться принять, отклонять, противостоять, отбрасывать, претить, вызывать неприязнь, отвергатьRussian
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