"repels" in the verb sense
1. repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back
cause to move back by force or influence
"repel the enemy"
"push back the urge to smoke"
"beat back the invaders"
2. repel, repulse
be repellent to cause aversion in
3. repel, repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back
force or drive back
"repel the attacker"
"fight off the onslaught"
"rebuff the attack"
4. rebuff, snub, repel
reject outright and bluntly
"She snubbed his proposal"
5. disgust, gross out, revolt, repel
fill with distaste
"This spoilt food disgusts me"
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