- to drive or force out or away; discharge or eject: to expel air from the lungs; to expel an invader from a country.
- to cut off from membership or relations: to expel a student from a college.
Origin of expel
1350–1400; Middle English expellen < Latin expellere to drive out, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pellere to push, drive
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2. oust, dismiss, exile, excommunicate.
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Examples from the Web for expel
They wanted to expel the demons which they believed caused impure thoughts.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
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They expel difficult students and refuse to admit students that public schools have to admit—like kids with disabilities.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools
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Simultaneously, a brigade of mercenaries and Congolese soldiers would seal off the city and expel the guerrillas.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
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After investigating the case and bringing together all of the evidence I moved to expel him from the Senate.And Now Mitch McConnell Is the ‘Pro-Woman’ Candidate!
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As an Ebola patient slips from bad to worse to dire, he can expel as many as two and a half gallons of effluvia a day.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
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It was imagined that it was necessary to expel it by means of heat or steam.
They agreed to expel the followers of Umra Khan from the valley.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Plato does not seriously intend to expel poets from life and society.The Republic
The 'beyond' is always coming back upon us however often we expel it.Sophist
He also sent orders to Kaumualii to expel Dr. Scheffer, which was done.The Hawaiian Islands
The Department of Foreign Affairs
- to eject or drive out with force
- to deprive of participation in or membership of a school, club, etc
C14: from Latin expellere to drive out, from pellere to thrust, drive
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Word Origin and History for expel
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