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Definition of "dispel" []

  • To rid one's mind of: managed to dispel my doubts. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive away or off by or as if by scattering. See Synonyms at scatter. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dispel" in a sentence
  • ""There is this notion, one which I try to dispel, which is that people who hold strong antigay positions are always secretly gay.""
  • "Nor clearest noon tide can that horrid pain dispel."
  • "It is astonishing how our prejudices change from youth to middle age, even without any remarkable interposition of fortune; I do not say dissipate, or even dispel, which is much more doubtful -- but they change."