Definition of rebel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rebel
BrE BrE//rɪˈbel//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbel//
he / she / it rebels
BrE BrE//rɪˈbelz//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbelz//
past simple rebelled
BrE BrE//rɪˈbeld//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbeld//
past participle rebelled
BrE BrE//rɪˈbeld//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbeld//
-ing form rebelling
BrE BrE//rɪˈbelɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbelɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//rɪˈbel//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbel//
(rebelling, rebelled) [intransitive] rebel (against somebody/something) to fight against or refuse to obey an authority, for example a government, a system, your parents, etc. He later rebelled against his strict religious upbringing. Most teenagers find something to rebel against. In 1215 the barons rebelled against the king. The colonies rebelled and declared their independence. See related entries: Youth
Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French rebelle (noun), rebeller (verb), from Latin rebellis (used originally with reference to a fresh declaration of war by the defeated), based on bellum ‘war’.
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