verb ex·pel \ik-ˈspel\

: to officially force (someone) to leave a place or organization

: to push or force (something) out


Full Definition of EXPEL

transitive verb
:  to force out :  eject <expelled the smoke from her lungs>
:  to force to leave (as a place or organization) by official action :  take away rights or privileges of membership <expelled from college>
ex·pel·la·ble \-ˈspe-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of EXPEL

  1. The club may expel members who do not follow the rules.
  2. She was expelled from school for bad behavior.
  3. expel air from the lungs

Origin of EXPEL

Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere, from ex- + pellere to drive — more at felt
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of EXPEL

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action <ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar>. expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical <a student expelled from college>. oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion <police ousted the squatters>. evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home <evicted for nonpayment of rent>.
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verb ex·pel \ik-ˈspel\

Definition of EXPEL for Kids

:  to force to leave <He was expelled from school.>
:  to force out <expel air from lungs>

Word Root of EXPEL

The Latin word pellere, meaning to cause to move or to drive, gives us the root pel. Words from the Latin pellere have something to do with driving or causing something to move. To propel is to drive forward. To compel is to drive someone to do something. To expel is to drive out. To repel is to drive back or away.


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