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

 

rappel

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BrE BrE//ræˈpel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræˈpel//
 
(North American English) (British English abseil)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rappel
BrE BrE//ræˈpel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræˈpel//
 
he / she / it rappels
BrE BrE//ræˈpelz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræˈpelz//
 
past simple rappelled
BrE BrE//ræˈpeld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræˈpeld//
 
past participle rappelled
BrE BrE//ræˈpeld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræˈpeld//
 
-ing form rappelling
BrE BrE//ræˈpelɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ræˈpelɪŋ//
 
Extreme sports, Hobbies
 
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[intransitive] rappel (down, off, etc. something) to go down a steep cliff or rock while attached to a rope, pushing against the slope or rock with your feet See related entries: Extreme sports, Hobbies Word Origin 1930s: from French, literally ‘a recalling’, from rappeler in the sense ‘bring back to oneself’ (with reference to the rope manoeuvre).

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