from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To force or drive out: expel an invader.
- transitive v. To discharge from or as if from a receptacle: expelled a sigh of relief.
- transitive v. To force to leave; deprive of membership: expelled the student from college for cheating. See Synonyms at eject.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To eject or erupt
- v. To fire (a bullet, arrow etc.).
- v. To remove from membership
- v. To deport
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To drive or force out from that within which anything is contained, inclosed, or situated; to eject.
- transitive v. To drive away from one's country; to banish.
- transitive v. To cut off from further connection with an institution of learning, a society, and the like.
- transitive v. To keep out, off, or away; to exclude.
- transitive v. To discharge; to shoot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drive or force out or away; send off or away by force or constraint; compel to leave; dismiss forcibly or compulsorily: as, to expel air from a bellows or from the lungs; to expel an invader or a traitor from a country; to expel a student from a college, or a member from a club.
- To exclude; keep out or off.
- To reject; refuse.
- Synonyms Exile, Exclude, etc. (see banish), expatriate, ostracize; eject, dislodge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. eliminate (a substance)
- v. remove from a position or office
- v. cause to flee
- v. force to leave or move out
Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere : ex-, ex- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)