Use the verb repel when you want to turn something away. You might drench yourself in bug spray to repel the mosquitoes that plague you when you go camping.

This versatile word can be used in relation to everything from bugs to unwanted romantic advances. The word repel can be used to describe the act of driving something away, as in the case of bugs or other pesky critters, including potential suitors. It can also be used to describe something that causes disgust or distaste. For example, the thought of eating snails might repel you.

Definitions of repel
  1. verb
    force or drive back
    repel the attacker”
    synonyms: drive back, fight off, rebuff, repulse
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    type of:
    defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
    fight against or resist strongly
  2. verb
    cause to move back by force or influence
    repel the enemy”
    synonyms: beat back, drive, force back, push back, repulse
    cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
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    attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    draw in, retract
    pull inward or towards a center
    curl, curl up, draw in
    shape one's body into a curl
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    type of:
    force, push
    move with force
  3. verb
    be repellent to; cause aversion in
    synonyms: repulse
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    appeal, attract
    be attractive to
    churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken
    cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
    put off, turn off
    cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
    appal, appall, offend, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock
    strike with disgust or revulsion
    type of:
    give displeasure to
  4. verb
    fill with distaste
    synonyms: disgust, gross out, revolt
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    nauseate, sicken, turn one's stomach
    upset and make nauseated
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    excite, stimulate, stir
    stir feelings in
  5. verb
    reject outright and bluntly
    synonyms: rebuff, snub
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    type of:
    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down
    reject with contempt
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