carjacking

noun car·jack·ing \ ˈkär-ˌja-kiŋ \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

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

carjack

play \-ˌjak\ transitive verb
    • Several weeks after the shooting, a woman my age was carjacked there.
    • —Susan Straight

carjacker

play \-ˌja-kər\ 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

  1. The police are investigating another carjacking.

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Origin and Etymology of carjacking

car + hijack + -ing


CARJACKING Defined for English Language Learners

carjacking

Definition of carjacking for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

carjacking

noun car·jack·ing \ ˈkär-ˌja-kiŋ \

legal Definition of carjacking

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

Learn More about carjacking

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of carjacking


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