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dispel (verb) drive away (a feeling, etc.).
When you dispel someone's fears, you make them free from the fears; you make them feel reassured. You dispel someone's suspicions if you clear their suspicions. With the sunrise, darkness is dispelled. That is, darkness is driven away or disappears, as the sun rises.
- The book written in an easy style effectively dispels some of the wrong ideas prevalent about AIDS. The readers can now have a better understanding of the disease.
- Engineer Mason's speech has sought to dispel any fears about the construction of the dam causing any ecological damage, so it is likely the project will be approved.