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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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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Be Adventurous Don’t let your diet hijack your experience. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "Travel Hacks for When You're on a Vegan Diet," 14 June 2018 In just one example, hackers are known to exploit insecure JavaScript implementations to pull of cross-site scripting (XSS), which lets attackers hijack websites to steal data or serve malware to innocent visitors. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Microsoft's Latest Excel Update Has Security Pros Anxious," 11 May 2018 The newborn larvae will immediately inject a toxin into the spider that hijacks its nervous system, forcing it to construct a uniquely wasp-worthy web on which the larva will suspend a cocoon. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 In 2005, thieves threatened guards and hijacked an armored car from Dutch carrier KLM's cargo ramp at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, a major European transport hub making off with millions in diamonds and jewelry. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Biggest Jewelry Heists of All Time," 4 Oct. 2016 Chelsea's attempts to hijack Manchester City's move for Italian midfielder Jorginho appear to have been successful after Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed that a deal had been agreed. SI.com, "Napoli Chief Confirms Jorginho Has Rejected Man City to Join Chelsea & Sarri Appointment Is Close," 11 July 2018 However, it has been reported that Liverpool may hijack the deal in order to bring Reina back to Liverpool. SI.com, "Arsenal & Liverpool Ready to Battle for Southampton Stopper After Impressive Run of Form," 13 May 2018 In 2017, security researchers hijacked a CloudPets connected stuffed animal and used it to place an order through an Amazon Echo in the same room. 2. Marie-helen Maras, Scientific American, "4 Ways “Internet of Things” Toys Endanger Children," 10 May 2018 In 2013, malicious hackers repeatedly hijacked massive chucks of Internet traffic in what was likely a test run. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Suspicious event hijacks Amazon traffic for 2 hours, steals cryptocurrency," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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