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Definition of 'expel'
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Force to leave or move out; "He was expelled from his native country" [syn: expel, throw out, kick out]
Remove from a position or office; "The chairman was ousted after he misappropriated funds" [syn: oust, throw out, drum out, boot out, kick out, expel]
Cause to flee; "rout out the fighters from their caves" [syn: rout, rout out, expel]
Eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas" [syn: exhaust, discharge, expel, eject, release]
Definition of 'Expel'
Expel \Ex*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expelled, p. pr. & vb. n.. Expelling.] [L. expellere, expulsum; ex out + pellere to drive: cf.F. expeller. See Pulse a beat.]
1. To drive or force out from that within which anything is contained, inclosed, or situated; to eject; as, to expel air from a bellows. [1913 Webster]
Did not ye . . . expel me out of my father's house? --Judg. xi. 7. [1913 Webster]
2. To drive away from one's country; to banish. [1913 Webster]
Forewasted all their land, and them expelled. --Spenser. . [1913 Webster]
He shall expel them from before you . . . and ye shall possess their land. --Josh. xxiii. 5. [1913 Webster]
3. To cut off from further connection with an institution of learning, a society, and the like; as, to expel a student or member. [1913 Webster]
4. To keep out, off, or away; to exclude. "To expel the winter's flaw." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
5. To discharge; to shoot. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
Then he another and another [shaft] did expel. --Spenser. .
Syn: To banish; exile; eject; drive out. See Banish. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'expel'
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