Simple Definition of expel
: to officially force (someone) to leave a place or organization
: to push or force (something) out
Examples of expel in a sentence
The club may expel members who do not follow the rules.
She was expelled from school for bad behavior.
expel air from the lungs
Origin and Etymology 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
Rhymes with expel
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EXPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of expel for Students
1 : to force to leave <He was expelled from school.>
2 : 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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