|Origin:||repellere, from pellere 'to drive'|
re‧pel past tense and past participle repelled, present participle repelling
if something repels you, it is so unpleasant that you do not want to be near it, or it makes you feel ill [↪ repulsive]:
The smell repelled him.
to make someone who is attacking you go away, by fighting them:
The army was ready to repel an attack.
to keep something or someone away from you:
a lotion that repels mosquitoes
4 [intransitive and transitive] technicalTEEHP
if two things repel each other, they push each other away with an electrical force [≠ attract]:
Two positive charges repel each other.