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View synonyms for hijack

hijack

or high·jack

[ hahy-jak ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop:

    to hijack a load of whiskey.

  2. to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop:

    They hijacked the truck before it entered the city.

  3. to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.
  4. to skyjack.


verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in such stealing or seizing.

noun

  1. an act or instance of hijacking.

hijack

/ ˈhaɪˌdʒæk /

verb

  1. tr to seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transit

    to hijack an aircraft

  2. to rob (a person or vehicle) by force

    to hijack a traveller

  3. (esp in the US during Prohibition) to rob (a bootlegger or smuggler) of his illicit goods or to steal (illicit goods) in transit


noun

  1. the act or an instance of hijacking
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Derived Forms

  • ˈhiˌjacker, noun
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Other Words From

  • anti·hijack adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hijack1

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; back formation from hijacker
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hijack1

C20: of unknown origin
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Example Sentences

Back in the US embassy, Zambernardi listened to the wires and confirmed that the Soviets knew nothing about the hijack.

One network security engineer who asked not to be named as they were not authorized to speak to the media questioned whether DNSSEC would be effective at all against a top-level domain hijack.

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