hijack

verb
hi·jack | \ˈhī-ˌjak \
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

Synonyms

commandeer

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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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However, with Mousa Dembele rumoured to be moving abroad, Tottenham Hotspur have attempted to hijack the deal and sign the unsettled Croatian. SI.com, "Tottenham Preparing to Rival Man Utd in Race to Sign Highly Sought After Croatian Superstar," 28 June 2018 This has led to a phenomenon known as cryptojacking, where people’s computers are hijacked to contribute to the attacker’s cryptocurrency mining operation, without their knowledge. David Meyer, Fortune, "How the U.S. Courts Website Unwittingly Became a Cryptocurrency Miner," 12 Feb. 2018 The University of California had done everything within its legal power to let Yiannopoulos speak without allowing him to hijack Berkeley’s campus. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus," 23 May 2016 In a new study, scientists reveal aging to be a process set in motion by the rise of malign forces called senescent cells, which progressively hijack the body and take it on a nightmarish joyride. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 The Supreme Court, which includes a justice installed only after Senate Republicans hijacked a seat under Obama, upheld Trump’s obviously anti-Muslim travel ban. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A year ago I wrote about a national push for civility. So, how’s that going?," 28 June 2018 Wilson also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and hijacking a car. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man gets life for kidnapping, sexual assault of West Georgia student," 4 June 2018 After gaining the information the men either used such access to obtain further property and information or allegedly deface the websites, redirect users to sites controlled by the two or hijack social media accounts. Kevin Bohn, CNN, "2 alleged Syrian hackers indicted on more charges," 17 May 2018 The string of violence began around 5:30 p.m. in the 600 block of West Chicago Avenue, where a man hijacked an on-duty undercover officer’s vehicle, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Ryan. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Two shot after string of carjackings on North Side: 'I was shaking so much I could barely stand'," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of hijack was in 1923

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More Definitions for hijack

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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