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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere : ex-, ex- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.


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