hijack

verb
hi·​jack | \ ˈhī-ˌjak How to pronounce hijack (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
hijacked also highjacked; hijacking also highjacking; hijacks also highjacks

Definition of hijack

transitive verb

1a : to steal by stopping a vehicle on the highway
b : to commandeer (a flying airplane) especially by coercing the pilot at gunpoint
c : to stop and steal from (a vehicle in transit)
d : kidnap
2a : to steal or rob as if by hijacking
b : to subject to extortion or swindling

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Other Words from hijack

hijack noun
hijacker noun

Synonyms for hijack

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Examples of hijack in a Sentence

He hijacked a truck, threatening the driver at gunpoint. A band of robbers hijacked the load of furs from the truck. A group of terrorists hijacked the plane. The organization has been hijacked by radicals.
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Recent Examples on the Web Whether Moscow supported Lukashenko’s decision to hijack a plane is unclear, but some Russian state media were quick to offer their praise. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 26 May 2021 Innovators of complex, misunderstood technologies like fusion must also win the war for public opinion before comment sections and social media hijack the conversation. Wal Van Lierop, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The company released a macOS update that closes a security hole that would otherwise allow hackers to hijack people’s cameras to take surreptitious recordings and screenshots. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 25 May 2021 In order to hijack the records, an entity would have to contribute over half of the total computing power. NBC News, 25 May 2021 The youngest person to be caught trying to hijack a car was just 13-years-old, while the majority of offenders are between 15 and 20. Paul Best, Fox News, 5 Feb. 2021 Some seldom think of woman engaging in independent work because gig companies like Uber and DoorDash hijack the image of the independent workforce. Liya Palagashvili, Fortune, 13 May 2021 September 11, 2001 - The deadliest terrorist attack in US history takes place when 19 men hijack four US commercial airliners. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 3 May 2021 According to law enforcement officials, Lewis crashed his car and attempted to hijack a family's vehicle that was stopped in traffic. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hijack

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hijack

origin unknown

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4 Jun 2021

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“Hijack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijack. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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hijack

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hijack

: to stop and steal (a moving vehicle)
: to steal (something) from a moving vehicle that you have stopped
: to take control of (an aircraft) by force

hijack

verb
hi·​jack | \ ˈhī-ˌjak \
hijacked; hijacking

Kids Definition of hijack

1 : to stop and steal or steal from a moving vehicle
2 : to take control of (an aircraft) by force

Other Words from hijack

hijacker noun
hi·​jack | \ ˈhī-ˌjak \

Legal Definition of hijack

: to seize possession or control of (a vehicle) from another person by force or threat of force specifically : to seize possession or control of (an aircraft) especially by forcing the pilot to divert the aircraft to another destination

Other Words from hijack

hijack noun
hijacker noun

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