What does the word repel mean?

Usage examples for repel

  1. When the hope comes to me, I try to repel it, and yet, in the very depths of myself, in spite of all, I cannot keep myself from hoping a little, a very little bit. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  2. But there were still in England men of bolder and truer hearts, who held that bribery was false policy, merely inviting the enemy to come again and again, and that the only wise course would be in driving them back by English valor, and keeping the fleet in a condition to repel the 'Long Serpent' ships before the foe could set foot upon the coast. – A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. But there were only thirteen men to repel an attack which developed at fifty points simultaneously. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy