Definition of dispel in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much doubt could be dispelled by providing the test rig documentation.’
    • ‘Barry Brennan made a welcome return and dispelled any doubts as to his ability to perform on the big stage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actually listening to the record does little to dispel these feelings of disappointment.’
    • ‘Any doubts were soon dispelled almost as soon as the appeal began.’
    • ‘Hendry's Brighton triumph dispelled any lingering doubts that he could perform without the piece of wood with which he won seven world titles.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is actually a canny psychological technique for dispelling any last minute doubts.’
    • ‘The blatant bigotry of the monologue presumably dispels any lingering doubts that such responses by whites are acceptable.’
    • ‘These dispelled any doubts I may still have had about my whereabouts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But then you press play on the first disc, those opening chords crash in and all doubts are instantly dispelled.’
    • ‘Any lingering doubts were dispelled by their stunning live shows this year.’
    • ‘A triumphant and energetic return to work in the office dispels doubts about his masculinity.’
    • ‘But his doubts were dispelled by a blunt briefing from Australia's intelligence chiefs.’
    • ‘If the heat pierces those thought bubbles first, then the grunting conveyor belt dispels the last doubts about what soil you stand on.’
    banish, eliminate, dismiss, chase away, drive away, drive off, get rid of, dissipate, disperse, scatter, disseminate
    relieve, allay, ease, calm, quell, check, put to rest
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Late Middle English: from Latin dispellere, from dis- apart + pellere to drive.