expel

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verb ex·pel \ik-ˈspel\

Definition of expel

expelled

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expelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to force out :  eject expelled the smoke from her lungs

  3. 2 :  to force to leave (a place, an organization, etc.) by official action :  take away rights or privileges of membership was expelled from college

expellable

play \ik-ˈspe-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of expel in a Sentence

  1. The club may expel members who do not follow the rules.

  2. She was expelled from school for bad behavior.

  3. 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

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action. ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical. a student expelled from college oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion. police ousted the squatters evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home. evicted for nonpayment of rent

EXPEL Defined for English Language Learners

expel

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verb ex·pel \ik-ˈspel\

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

expel

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verb ex·pel \ik-ˈspel\

Definition of expel for Students

expelled

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expelling

  1. 1 :  to force to leave He was expelled from school.

  2. 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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