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verb hi·jack \ˈhī-ˌjak\

Simple Definition of hijack

  • : to stop and steal (a moving vehicle)

  • : to steal (something) from a moving vehicle that you have stopped

  • : to take control of (an aircraft) by force

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hijack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to steal by stopping a vehicle on the highway b :  to commandeer (a flying airplane) especially by coercing the pilot at gunpoint c :  to stop and steal from (a vehicle in transit) d :  kidnap

  3. 2 a :  to steal or rob as if by hijacking b :  to subject to extortion or swindling

hijack noun
hijacker noun

Examples of hijack in a sentence

  1. He hijacked a truck, threatening the driver at gunpoint.

  2. A band of robbers hijacked the load of furs from the truck.

  3. A group of terrorists hijacked the plane.

  4. The organization has been hijacked by radicals.

Variants of hijack

also highjack \ˈhī-ˌjak\

Origin of hijack

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1923

Rhymes with hijack

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HIJACK Defined for Kids


verb hi·jack \ˈhī-ˌjak\

Definition of hijack for Students


  1. 1 :  to stop and steal or steal from a moving vehicle

  2. 2 :  to take control of (an aircraft) by force

hijacker noun

Law Dictionary


transitive verb hi·jack \ˈhī-ˌjak\

Legal Definition of hijack

  1. :  to seize possession or control of (a vehicle) from another person by force or threat of force; specifically :  to seize possession or control of (an aircraft) especially by forcing the pilot to divert the aircraft to another destination

hijack noun
hijacker noun

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