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1 to drive or force out
  • animal lover though I am, I was determined to expel the uninvited mouse from my room

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2 to throw or give off
  • something in a wastebasket was expelling a foul odor

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3 to violently throw out or off (something from within)
  • ringing and flashing madly, the slot machine expelled a bucketful of quarters

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4 to let or force out of the lungs
  • asked the patient to expel a deep breath

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How does the verb expel contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of expel are eject, evict, and oust. While all these words mean "to drive or force out," expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical.

a student expelled from college

When would eject be a good substitute for expel?

While the synonyms eject and expel are close in meaning, eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action.

ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar

When could evict be used to replace expel?

The words evict and expel are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home.

evicted for nonpayment of rent

When is it sensible to use oust instead of expel?

While in some cases nearly identical to expel, oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion.

police ousted the squatters

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The first known use of expel was in the 14th century

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“Expel.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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