[ ik-spel ]
/ ɪkˈspɛl /

verb (used with object), ex·pelled, ex·pel·ling.

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.


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Origin of expel

1350–1400; Middle English expellen < Latin expellere to drive out, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pellere to push, drive


ex·pel·la·ble, adjectivere·ex·pel, verb (used with object), re·ex·pelled, re·ex·pel·ling.un·ex·pel·la·ble, adjectiveun·ex·pelled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expel

/ (ɪkˈspɛl) /

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)

to eject or drive out with force
to deprive of participation in or membership of a school, club, etc

Derived forms of expel

expellable, adjectiveexpellee (ˌɛkspɛˈliː), nounexpeller, noun

Word Origin for expel

C14: from Latin expellere to drive out, from pellere to thrust, drive
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