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expel

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of expel

  1. 1 to drive or force out <animal lover though I am, I was determined to expel the uninvited mouse from my room> Synonyms banish, boot (out), bounce, cast out, chase, dismiss, drum (out), eject, extrude, kick out, oust, out, rout, run off, throw out, turf (out) [chiefly British], turn outRelated Words deforce, deport, displace, dispossess, evict, exile, expatriate, ostracize, read out, shut out; ax (or axe), can, cashier, defenestrate, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminateNear Antonyms accept, admit, receive, take, take in; welcome; entertain, harbor, house, lodge, shelter

  2. 2 to throw or give off <something in a wastebasket was expelling a foul odor> Synonyms cast, discharge, emanate, evolve, exhale, emit, expire [archaic], give out, irradiate, issue, radiate, release, send (out), shoot, throw out, ventRelated Words eliminate, evacuate, excrete, exude, ooze, secrete; eject, erupt, gush, jet, outpour, pour, spew, spout, spray, spurt, squirtNear Antonyms absorb, inhale, soak (up), sponge, suck (up), take up

  3. 3 to violently throw out or off (something from within) <ringing and flashing madly, the slot machine expelled a bucketful of quarters> Synonyms belch, disgorge, eject, eruct, erupt, jet, spew, spout, spurtRelated Words gush, pour, squirt, stream, surge; emanate, exhale, issue, release, shoot, spit, spring, vent; discharge, emit, fire; cast, fling, heave, hurl, launch, pitch, tossNear Antonyms bottle (up), contain, restrain, shut (in or up)

  4. 4 to let or force out of the lungs <asked the patient to expel a deep breath> Synonyms blow (out), breathe (out), exhale, expireRelated Words expectorateAntonyms inbreathe, inhale, inspire





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