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 Gabriel has been dormant inside of Madison her whole life, but when her abusive husband smashes her head against a wall, Gabriel wakes up and is able to hijack her body to commit murders — hence, a malignant tumor. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 A week of rioting reached new heights of intense violence in Northern Ireland with clashes overnight Wednesday that saw demonstrators hijack and torch a double-decker bus and battle with police, who responded with plastic bullets. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 An 18-year-old man attempted to hijack a passenger plane in midair, causing a temporary nosedive before the pilot regained control, authorities say. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 9 July 2021 Flying with her young son, a mysteriously ill woman is forced to unleash a dark secret when terrorists attempt to hijack their transatlantic flight. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 July 2021 For example, political messengers in India shared lists of tweets through Google docs on WhatsApp to hijack trending topics on Twitter. Wired Opinion, Wired, 8 July 2021 This supply chain-style attack is similar to the tactic used by Russian hackers in the SolarWinds compromise, though in this case the malicious software was used to hijack victim networks rather than to spy on them. Brian Fung, CNN, 2 July 2021 Bringing their own genetic instructions with them, viruses typically hijack their host cell's manufacturing machinery – proteins called polymerases, which act as genetic photocopiers, and ribosomes, which assemble the viral proteins – to do so. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Our heroes hijack a truck with a giant magnet machine on the inside and eventually use it to attract a full car, ripping it through a store. Nick Allen, Vulture, 28 June 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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Last Updated

20 Sep 2021

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“Hijack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijack. Accessed 26 Sep. 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

hijack

transitive verb
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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