Definition of expel
1 : to force out : eject expelled the smoke from her lungs
2 : to force to leave (a place, an organization, etc.) by official action : take away rights or privileges of membership was expelled from college
expellableplay \ik-ˈspe-lə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of expel in a sentence
The club may expel members who do not follow the rules.
She was expelled from school for bad behavior.
expel air from the lungs
Did You Know?
To expel is to drive out, and its usual noun is expulsion. Expel is similar to eject, but expel suggests pushing out while eject suggests throwing out. Also, ejecting may only be temporary: the player ejected from a game may be back tomorrow, but the student expelled from school is probably out forever.
Origin and Etymology of expel
Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere, from ex- + pellere to drive — more at felt
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of expel
EXPEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expel for English Language Learners
: to officially force (someone) to leave a place or organization
: to push or force (something) out
EXPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of expel for Students
1 : to force to leave He was expelled from school.
2 : to force out expel air from lungs
Word Root of expel
The Latin word pellere, meaning “to cause to move” or “to drive,” gives us the root pel. Words from the Latin pellere have something to do with driving or causing something to move. To propel is to drive forward. To compel is to drive someone to do something. To expel is to drive out. To repel is to drive back or away.
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