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

     

    repulse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌls//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌls//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repulse
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌls//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌls//
     
    he / she / it repulses
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌlsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌlsɪz//
     
    past simple repulsed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌlst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌlst//
     
    past participle repulsed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌlst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌlst//
     
    -ing form repulsing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌlsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌlsɪŋ//
     
    Disgust
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] repulse somebody to make somebody feel disgust or strong dislike synonym repel I was repulsed by the horrible smell. See related entries: Disgust
  2. 2repulse somebody/something to fight somebody who is attacking you and drive them away synonym repel to repulse an attack/invasion/offensive
  3. 3repulse somebody/something to refuse to accept somebody’s help, attempts to be friendly, etc. synonym reject Each time I tried to help I was repulsed. She repulsed his advances.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin repuls- ‘driven back’, from the verb repellere, from re- ‘back’ + pellere ‘to drive’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: repulse