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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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eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action. ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical. a student expelled from college oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion. police ousted the squatters evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home. evicted for nonpayment of rent

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

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“Expel.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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