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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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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Comedically, the way Plankton just hijacks this positive song and turns it into a Sturm und Drang with all the nuclear fire and uranium bomb references. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "'SpongeBob SquarePants' Voice Actor Tom Kenny, Songwriter Andy Paley & More Reflect on 20 Years of Laughter & Music," 23 July 2019 Adidas have come in for criticism after their social media campaign, aimed at promoting Arsenal's new home kit for the 2019/20 season, was hijacked and used to promote offensive messaging. SI.com, "adidas Come Under Fire After Arsenal Kit Launch Is Hijacked by Offensive Twitter Accounts," 2 July 2019 Water tanker trucks are being hijacked and violence is erupting between neighboring housing settlements, said Sharma. Jessie Yeung, Helen Regan And Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water," 19 June 2019 But over the course of the year, opponents accused his Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and trying to entrench Islamist rule. Samy Magdy, Anchorage Daily News, "Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies in court while facing trial," 17 June 2019 But over the course of the year, opponents accused his Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and using elections to entrench their own control. Time, "Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Dies in Court During Trial," 17 June 2019 Mainland China is actively trying to hijack Hong Kong legal and political systems, as recent unrest has shown. G. Allen Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "SFFilm’s Hong Kong Cinema Now kicks off three-day event," 10 July 2019 Of course the children born on or near Sept. 11, 2001 don’t remember that fateful, tragic event when terrorists hijacked planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers in New York, part of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "As children born in the year of 9/11 come of age, their parents describe efforts to create a better world," 5 June 2019 Everything looks set for the winger to make the switch to the Russian Premier League just one year on from when his deal to Roma was hijacked by his current club. SI.com, "Malcom Edges Closer to Shock Zenit St. Petersburg Move After Clubs Agree Fee," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of hijack

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hijack

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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


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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