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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His Korean Air flight never reached its destination but instead landed near the North Korean city of Wonsan after being hijacked by a passenger South Korea later identified as a North Korean agent. Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korean prisoner release brings hope, frustration to South," 11 May 2018 The limited time frame hijacks our attention and negatively impairs our ability to make good decisions. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Actually Get Through Your To-Do List," 28 Dec. 2018 Haspel, who spent most of her 33-year career as an undercover officer, joined the agency's counter-terrorism division the same day Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked passenger jets and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "Gina Haspel will face a tough Senate confirmation hearing to run the CIA," 9 May 2018 Although the first one remains a mystery, the USS Reliant was the ship Khan hijacked in Wrath of Khan. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Where Is Star Trek Boldly Going?," 10 Sep. 2018 Physical therapy and acupuncture, among other alternative pain treatments at the veterans hospital here, have replaced the stream of opioids that had hijacked his life. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "VA turns to alternative pain treatments amid opioid crisis," 30 Apr. 2018 In 1988, gunmen who had hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet were allowed safe passage out of Algeria under an agreement that freed the remaining 31 hostages and ended a 15-day siege in which two passengers were slain. azcentral, "AZ Memo: New statue honors Yarnell Hotshots; residents say Phoenix not adding enough shade trees; Record Store Day what to know," 20 Apr. 2018 Here, the rich capitalist isn’t an evil genius using genetic engineering to hijack the brains of newborn babies. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Charlie Munger Calls, Listen and Learn," 25 Jan. 2019 Early in the movie, Black Manta and Aquaman clash after Aquaman rescues a Russian sub that Manta tries to hijack. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman’s post-credits scene, explained," 21 Dec. 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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