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- (transitive) To drive away or cause to vanish by scattering.
- (transitive) To remove (fears, doubts, objections etc.) by proving them unjustified.
- 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828, page 01:
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. […]. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts.
- Common nouns collocating with "dispel": cloud, vapors, cares, doubts, illusions, objections.
to drive away by scattering
to remove fears etc.
dispel (plural dispels)
- An act or instance of dispelling.