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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The 645,000 people whose information was hijacked will be notified by the department starting Wednesday. oregonlive.com, "More than 645,000 Oregonians impacted by DHS data breach," 18 June 2019 Terri Hutchins’ inspiration for a career change came when a menacing digital virus hijacked her home computer. Cynthia Blahnik, Detroit Free Press, "Wanted: More Michiganders to explore new frontier of cybersecurity careers," 14 June 2019 Recently, though, criminals have been using techniques to manipulate wireless carriers’ customer support services to hijack a victim’s phone number, gaining access to those codes and loads more information. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Stop Worrying About Digital Security," 8 Mar. 2019 The team exploited one viral necessity: To multiply and spread, a virus has to invade a cell, hijacking the machinery to copy itself. National Geographic, "Measles vaccines protect against more than just measles. Here's how.," 4 Mar. 2019 The title was a reference to the one hijacked flight on 9/11 that didn’t reach its destination because passengers overwhelmed the hijackers and brought the plane down. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why this political scientist thinks the Democrats have to fight dirty," 11 June 2018 Family vacations were regularly hijacked by insect-hunting expeditions. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "What’s that bug? New Northwest field guide makes it easy to find out," 20 Aug. 2018 The game, according to the allegations in this indictment, was hijacked. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Before James Comey tackled President Trump, he took on FIFA," 16 Apr. 2018 In 1976, an Air France airplane carrying 250 passengers to Paris from Tel Aviv was hijacked by terrorists. Kate Samuelson, Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie 7 Days in Entebbe," 16 Mar. 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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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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