AskDefine | Define dispel

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1 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" [syn: chase away, drive out, turn back, drive away, drive off, run off]
2 to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds" [syn: disperse, dissipate, break up, scatter] [also: dispelling, dispelled]

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  1. 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.


to drive away by scattering

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