Synonyms of repel in English:


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1‘the rebels were repelled by army units’


fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, put to flight, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back

hold off, ward off, fend off, stand off, stave off, parry, keep at bay, keep at arm's length

foil, check, frustrate

British see off

informal send packing

archaic rebut

2‘the polypropylene cover will repel water’


be impervious to, be impermeable to, keep out, be resistant to, resist


attract, absorb, let through

3‘the thought of kissing him repelled me’


revolt, disgust, repulse, sicken, nauseate, make someone feel sick, turn someone's stomach, be repulsive to, be extremely distasteful to, be repugnant to, make shudder, make someone's flesh creep, make someone's skin crawl, make someone's gorge rise, put off, offend, horrify

informal turn off, give someone the creeps, give someone the heebie-jeebies, make someone want to throw up

North American informal gross out