ex·​pel | \ ik-ˈspel How to pronounce expel (audio) \
expelled; expelling

Definition of expel

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from expel

expellable \ ik-​ˈspe-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce expel (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web More than 70 House Democrats signed a resolution, drafted by Rep. Jimmy Gomez, to expel Greene, who Democratic lawmakers say poses a threat to their safety. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi rejects move by Democrats to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene," 19 Mar. 2021 Several dozen members of the US House of Representatives signed onto a resolution Friday to expel Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from the body. BostonGlobe.com, "Several dozen House Democrats call for expulsion of Marjorie Taylor Greene from House," 19 Mar. 2021 The push to expel Greene from Congress is unlikely to pass. Joe Walsh, Forbes, "Twitter Says It Accidentally Locked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account," 19 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration has continued the Trump-era policy of using public health law to quickly expel most single migrant adults and families from the southern border, but shielded unaccompanied children from the expulsions. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Watch Live: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before lawmakers as migrant surge grows," 17 Mar. 2021 Police departments rarely make a serious effort to expel racists from their ranks. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Law Enforcement and the Problem of White Supremacy," 27 Feb. 2021 Currently, there have been no formal motions to expel Greene from office. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "In Case You Doubted That She’s The Worst, Here’s A Video Of Marjorie Taylor Greene Harassing A Parkland Survivor," 27 Jan. 2021 The Biden administration has continued to use the Trump-era public health edict to expel migrant adults and some families with children. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. races to find bed space for migrant children as number of unaccompanied minors in government custody hits 15,500," 21 Mar. 2021 While lawmakers say there are enough votes to expel state Rep. Larry Householder from the Ohio House, House Republicans still are split about whether to bring a resolution to actually kick him out. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers can’t decide what to do about Larry Householder: Capitol Letter," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of expel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expel

Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere, from ex- + pellere to drive — more at felt

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The first known use of expel was in the 14th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Expel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expel. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expel

: to officially force (someone) to leave a place or organization
: to push or force (something) out


ex·​pel | \ ik-ˈspel How to pronounce expel (audio) \
expelled; expelling

Kids Definition of expel

1 : to force to leave He was expelled from school.
2 : to force out expel air from lungs

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