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

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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 This genetic information allows the virus to infect cells and hijack them to make new viruses. New York Times, "Coronavirus Variants and Mutations," 15 Feb. 2021 This is one more example in which the claims that Mr. Trump would somehow hijack American democracy have been proven false. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Challenge Is Over," 13 Dec. 2020 The 9/11 conspirators considered using private crop-dusting planes to launch terror attacks before deciding to hijack commercial planes instead. BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 Sean Penn stars as Sam Bicke—a down-on-his-luck salesman who determines that the best way to turn his life around is to hijack a plane and crash it into the White House (where Richard Nixon resides). Jennifer M. Wood, Wired, "The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years," 24 Dec. 2020 To get inside, Mando and Mayfield hijack an Imperial Juggernaut loaded with volatile rhydonium and disguise themselves as Imperial tank troopers. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: ‘The Believer’," 12 Dec. 2020 In addition, Interpol issued a global alert this month warning about organized criminal efforts worldwide to hijack vaccine shipments or traffic in false cures. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "As vaccine rollout nears, many concerns raised in Latin America, hard hit by COVID-19," 20 Dec. 2020 Last month, researchers showed that coronaviruses can hijack lysosomes to leave cells and spread through the body. Esther Landhuis, Wired, "How a Medication for OCD Ended Up in a Covid-19 Trial," 19 Nov. 2020 If a virus gets past the mucus river, its next aim is to find the cells that line the airway, known as epithelial cells, then get inside them and hijack their molecular machinery to make more copies of itself. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Covid Winter is Coming. Could Humidifiers Help?," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Hijack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijack. Accessed 6 Mar. 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

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hijack noun
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