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


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