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expel

[ ik-spel ]
/ ɪkˈspɛl /
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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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RELATED WORDS

dislodge, evacuate, remove, oust, suspend, bar, eject, fire, dismiss, displace, exile, eliminate, discharge, ban, exclude, evict, exhaust, ejaculate, belch, disgorge

Nearby words

expedite, expediter, expedition, expeditionary, expeditious, expel, expellant, expellee, expeller, expellers, expend

Origin of expel

1350–1400; Middle English expellen < Latin expellere to drive out, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pellere to push, drive
SYNONYMS FOR expel
Related formsex·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 expelled

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 Formsexpellable, adjectiveexpellee (ˌɛkspɛˈliː), nounexpeller, noun

Word Origin for expel

C14: from Latin expellere to drive out, from pellere to thrust, drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for expelled

expel


v.

late 14c., from Latin expellere "drive out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to eject from a school" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Expelled; expelling.

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