Definition of dispel in English:

dispel

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear.

    ‘the brightness of the day did nothing to dispel Elaine's dejection’
    • ‘This win dispels any doubts that Boroughmuir, who stormed Division Two to regain their place in the top flight, will be able to survive in the Premiership next season.’
    • ‘Such words dispelled any doubts, despair or lingering suspicions.’
    • ‘Any doubts were soon dispelled almost as soon as the appeal began.’
    • ‘Many analysts thought Standard was paying too high a premium for control of the bank in January, but these doubts could be dispelled by a positive update on its integration.’
    • ‘Therefore, the public expected Ho to give the facts of the affair to dispel doubts after his release.’
    • ‘Such doubts should be dispelled as soon as possible.’
    • ‘The debutants dispelled any doubts about their right to start for Scotland and several older heads who have opted out of touring this summer might live to regret that decision.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is actually a canny psychological technique for dispelling any last minute doubts.’
    • ‘But then you press play on the first disc, those opening chords crash in and all doubts are instantly dispelled.’
    • ‘The blatant bigotry of the monologue presumably dispels any lingering doubts that such responses by whites are acceptable.’
    • ‘Any lingering doubts were dispelled by their stunning live shows this year.’
    • ‘Barry Brennan made a welcome return and dispelled any doubts as to his ability to perform on the big stage.’
    • ‘If the heat pierces those thought bubbles first, then the grunting conveyor belt dispels the last doubts about what soil you stand on.’
    • ‘These dispelled any doubts I may still have had about my whereabouts.’
    • ‘Much doubt could be dispelled by providing the test rig documentation.’
    • ‘Hendry's Brighton triumph dispelled any lingering doubts that he could perform without the piece of wood with which he won seven world titles.’
    • ‘But his doubts were dispelled by a blunt briefing from Australia's intelligence chiefs.’
    • ‘Actually listening to the record does little to dispel these feelings of disappointment.’
    • ‘A triumphant and energetic return to work in the office dispels doubts about his masculinity.’
    • ‘If anyone was ever in doubt that Conway's was not a sports bar, the doubt would quickly be dispelled by a visit on match-day.’
    banish, eliminate, dismiss, chase away, drive away, drive off, get rid of, dissipate, disperse, scatter, disseminate
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin dispellere, from dis- ‘apart’ + pellere ‘to drive’.

Pronunciation

dispel

/dɪˈspɛl/