or high·jack

[ hahy-jak ]
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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.

  1. to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.

  2. to skyjack.

verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in such stealing or seizing.

  1. an act or instance of hijacking.

Origin of hijack

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; back formation from hijacker

Other words from hijack

  • an·ti·hi·jack, adjective

Words that may be confused with hijack

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How to use hijack in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hijack



/ (ˈhaɪˌdʒæk) /

  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

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

  1. the act or an instance of hijacking

Origin of hijack

C20: of unknown origin

Derived forms of hijack

  • hijacker or highjacker, noun

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