car·jack·ing | \ˈkär-ˌja-kiŋ \

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

The police are investigating another carjacking.

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The video and sketch show a suspect in a separate carjacking that occurred Friday in Forest Park, Atlanta police Sgt. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Cops say new video, sketch connected to shooting outside wedding reception," 12 July 2018 According to police, the carjacking occurred about 2:18 p.m., shortly after a 66-year-old man parked his gray Cadillac in the 1900 block of Agriculture Street. Laura Mcknight,, "Man sought in armed carjacking on Agriculture Street: NOPD," 5 June 2018 Chicago police said Jamari Conner has been charged with the armed carjacking of a Will County judge in Chicago's Greektown on June 8, 2018 in the 100 block of South Halsted Street. Chicago Tribune,, "Teen charged with carjacking Will County judge in Greektown," 28 June 2018 The jury acquitted Scott of any role in the carjacking of a woman earlier that day. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man guilty of lesser charge in killing of Milwaukee building inspector 'Ziggy' Zyszkiewicz," 30 May 2018 Details surrounding the carjacking are under investigation, DeJarnett said. Stephen Ruiz,, "Deputies investigate carjacking incident at Topgolf," 19 Jan. 2018 Privacy - Terms The suspect fled the school and had police scrambling throughout Overland Park with a string of carjacking incidents. Lynn Horsley And Hana Muslic, kansascity, "Son can't fathom crime that took his father's life on Overland Park school playground," 5 July 2018 Two armed citizens were credited with taking action Sunday after a carjacking suspect went on a rampage in Washington state, about 30 miles southwest of Tacoma. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Carjacking suspect dead outside Walmart store after armed citizens take action, police say," 19 June 2018 The carjacking investigation began Sunday night when Flores and a 28-year-old man were riding in a car together in the 9600 block of Maple Leaf in northwest Harris County. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County releases ID of carjacking suspect killed by deputy," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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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


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

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