Definition of hijack in English:

hijack

Line breaks: hi¦jack
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪdʒak
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Illegally seize (an aircraft, ship, or vehicle) while in transit and force it to go to a different destination or use it for one’s own purposes: a man armed with grenades hijacked the jet yesterday
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    • It involves chasing and seizing a supposedly hijacked ship and rescuing its crew members.
    • Armed men hijack the vehicle when Dr. Quest is away, taking Race and Jonny to an underwater base.
    • A dangerous armed thief, who hijacked a car in Egham, and committed a further six offences, has been jailed for six-and-a-half-years.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Steal (goods) by seizing them in transit: the UN convoys have been tamely allowing gunmen to hijack relief supplies
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    • Last year he helped expose a bug that was allowing hackers to hijack AOL Instant Messenger accounts.
    • A bug in Movable Type allows spammers to hijack the ‘Mail This Entry’ blog feature.
    • I guess I should also apologise to Nick D' Angelo for hijacking the Beats Per Minute show in 1989.
  • 1.2Take over (something) and use it for a different purpose: he argues that pressure groups have hijacked the environmental debate
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    • The public power belongs to everyone and when majorities hijack it for sectarian purposes they act oppressively.
    • Where Pringle is even-handed in showing how extremists have hijacked the debate over GM food, Nestle is an unapologetic partisan.
    • We should not let racist organisations hijack our national flag.

noun

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  • An incident or act of hijacking: [as modifier]: an unsuccessful hijack attempt
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    • After the hijack attempt, he says he took stock, realising that ‘life might end any minute and I really need to push things on a bit’.
    • The Saudi statement gave no motive for the hijack attempt.
    • The three run some of the biggest hijacks and burglaries New York has ever seen.

Derivatives

hijacker

noun
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  • May hijackers and car thieves overlook you, but may your loved ones always see you.
  • Having used force and the threat of murder to take over the ferry the hijackers were certainly criminals who deserved prison.
  • Terrorism experts said the hijackers could have armed themselves with nothing more than pocket knives.

Origin

1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.

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