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Definition of rebel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who fights against the government of their country rebel forces Armed rebels advanced toward the capital. Some parts of the country fell into rebel hands.
  2. 2a person who opposes someone in authority over them within an organization, a political party, etc. A number of Republican rebels are planning to vote against the president's proposal.
  3. 3a person who does not like to obey rules or who does not accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc. I've always been the rebel of the family. He was a rebel in his teens but he's a respectable citizen these days.
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