ex·​pel | \ ik-ˈspel How to pronounce expel (audio) \
expelled; expelling

Definition of expel

transitive verb

1 : to force out : eject expelled the smoke from her lungs
2 : to force to leave (a place, an organization, etc.) by official action : take away rights or privileges of membership was expelled from college

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Other Words from expel

expellable \ ik-​ˈspe-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce expel (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for expel

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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To expel is to drive out, and its usual noun is expulsion. Expel is similar to eject, but expel suggests pushing out while eject suggests throwing out. Also, ejecting may only be temporary: the player ejected from a game may be back tomorrow, but the student expelled from school is probably out forever.

Examples of expel in a Sentence

The club may expel members who do not follow the rules. She was expelled from school for bad behavior. expel air from the lungs
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Recent Examples on the Web The board did not draw up new contracts and instead voted 4-0 for the Central Arkansas Housing Corp. to take over management and expel ITEX by Aug. 31. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 The tribes changed their constitutions over time to expel Black tribal members descended from the Freedmen rolls. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 And aside from vague threats to expel or ban fans who engage in violent conduct, the teams and MLS haven’t offered any ideas on how to stop it. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 Others, however, have already been sent back to Haiti, many under Title 42, a controversial measure that the Trump Administration used, citing COVID-19 risk, to expel asylum seekers before granting them hearings. Time, 30 Sep. 2021 Mexico in recent weeks has allowed the United States to expel Central Americans to southern Mexico and has then pushed those migrants into northern Guatemala. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas defended the decision to expel Haitian migrants Thursday. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Migrants who cannot be expelled to Mexico are detained for the shortest time possible while CBP collaborates with interagency partners to expel the individuals to Haiti, according to the agency's official website. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Bush herself introduced a resolution to expel those Republican members of Congress who sought to overturn the election and helped incite the attack. Xavier Scott Marshall, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of expel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expel

Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere, from ex- + pellere to drive — more at felt

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

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19 Oct 2021

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“Expel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expel. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expel

: to officially force (someone) to leave a place or organization
: to push or force (something) out


ex·​pel | \ ik-ˈspel How to pronounce expel (audio) \
expelled; expelling

Kids Definition of expel

1 : to force to leave He was expelled from school.
2 : to force out expel air from lungs

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