to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop: to hijack a load of whiskey.
to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop: They hijacked the truck before it entered the city.
to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.
to engage in such stealing or seizing.
an act or instance of hijacking.
- an·ti·hi·jack, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use hijack in a sentence
Back in the US embassy, Zambernardi listened to the wires and confirmed that the Soviets knew nothing about the hijack.Lunik: Inside the CIA’s audacious plot to steal a Soviet satellite | Bobbie Johnson | January 28, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
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.A security researcher commandeered a country’s expired top-level domain to save it from hackers | Zack Whittaker | January 15, 2021 | TechCrunch
British Dictionary definitions for hijack
(tr) to seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transit: to hijack an aircraft
to rob (a person or vehicle) by force: to hijack a traveller
(esp in the US during Prohibition) to rob (a bootlegger or smuggler) of his illicit goods or to steal (illicit goods) in transit
the act or an instance of hijacking
- hijacker or highjacker, noun
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