carjacking

noun
car·​jack·​ing | \ ˈkär-ˌja-kiŋ How to pronounce carjacking (audio) \

Definition of carjacking

: the theft of an automobile from its driver by force or intimidation In the cities and suburbs, where muggings and carjackings are a daily concern, voters are wondering how many of the nation's 200 million guns are pointed at them.— Richard Lacayo … Congress made a show of getting tough on crime by making armed carjackings a federal crime.— Janet Novack

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Other Words from carjacking

carjack \ ˈkär-​ˌjak How to pronounce carjacking (audio) \ transitive verb
Several weeks after the shooting, a woman my age was carjacked there. — Susan Straight
carjacker \ ˈkär-​ˌja-​kər How to pronounce carjacking (audio) \ noun
If you're confronted by a carjacker, be cooperative. The big picture: It's your car versus your life. — Amy Lumet

Examples of carjacking in a Sentence

The police are investigating another carjacking.
Recent Examples on the Web Collazo faces dozens of charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping, as well as counts of carjacking, possessing a weapon on school property, armed robbery and weapons possession during a violent crime. Meg Kinnard, USA TODAY, "Army trainee with gun hijacked school bus and held kids hostage, South Carolina sheriff says," 6 May 2021 Collazo faces dozens of charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping, as well as counts of carjacking, possessing a weapon on school property, armed robbery and weapons possession during a violent crime. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, "Sheriff: Army trainee charged after hijacking school bus," 6 May 2021 Cox said there were no students near the office at the time of the carjacking. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Man carjacks 17-year-old driver's vehicle at knifepoint at Phoenix elementary school," 21 Apr. 2021 Bilal Al-Amin, 36, of Little Rock was found about 3 miles east of the carjacking, according to an incident report from Little Rock police. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock police arrest suspect in armed carjacking of food delivery driver," 1 Apr. 2021 In testimony last week, Detective Chad Leo of the D.C. police homicide unit gave few details on the beginning moments of the carjacking. Washington Post, "Prosecutor to offer plea deals for girls, 13 and 15, accused in fatal D.C. carjacking," 31 Mar. 2021 The 12-year-old has been charged with four counts of armed carjacking. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "DC police charge 12-year-old after four carjackings, second suspect still at-large," 8 Mar. 2021 The 12-year-old has been charged with four counts of armed carjacking. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Boy, 12, accused of string of armed carjackings in Washington, D.C.," 8 Mar. 2021 Less than 10 minutes after the third carjacking, the suspects approached a woman who was sitting in her car. Gisela Crespo And Alaa Elassar, CNN, "12-year-old arrested for four carjacking incidents in Washington, DC," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of carjacking

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carjacking

car + hijack + -ing

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The first known use of carjacking was in 1991

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10 May 2021

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“Carjacking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carjacking. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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carjacking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carjacking

: the crime of using violence or threats to steal a car from its driver or to force the driver to take you someplace

carjacking

noun
car·​jack·​ing | \ ˈkär-ˌja-kiŋ How to pronounce carjacking (audio) \

Legal Definition of carjacking

: theft by force or intimidation of an auto that has a driver or passenger present

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