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Syllabification: ex·pel
Pronunciation: /ikˈspel

Definition of expel in English:

verb (expels, expelling, expelled)

[with object]
1Deprive (someone) of membership of or involvement in a school or other organization: she was expelled from school
More example sentences
  • The allegations resulting in the perjury trial forced him to quit the candidacy, and he was subsequently expelled from the party for five years.
  • He was expelled from the Conservative Party yesterday morning.
  • On a unanimous vote on all of these charges, he was expelled from the party.
throw out, eject, bar, ban, debar, drum out, oust, remove, get rid of, dismiss;
Military cashier
informal chuck out, sling out, kick out, boot out, give someone the bum's rush
1.1Force (someone) to leave a place, especially a country.
Example sentences
  • Eventually the king was forced to expel her from the country.
  • He would like to deport and expel people who are French, people who would otherwise vote in elections.
  • This champion of samurai who would overthrow the Shogunate and expel the barbarians became the devoted follower of the elite shogunal official.
banish, exile, deport, evict, expatriate, drive out, throw out
1.2Force out or eject (something), especially from the body: she expelled a shuddering breath
More example sentences
  • As with a foreign object, sometimes the body rejects a body piercing and expels it or causes it to migrate.
  • After birth, the body expels the fluid and salt, and their blood pressure drops.
  • You know how wretched it is to eat something you shouldn't have and spend the next day and a half miserably expelling it from your body.
let out, discharge, eject, issue, send forth


late Middle English (in the general sense 'eject, force to leave'): from Latin expellere, from ex- 'out' + pellere 'to drive'.



Example sentences
  • The school has you on a special contract, and if you ever commit an expellable expense, they will just switch your classes, give you community service, etc.


Pronunciation: /ˌekspelˈlē/
Example sentences
  • The trouble began with a proposal seeking the formation in Berlin of an international center for expellees.
  • Brandt was to sign treaties with Poland, Czechoslovakia and the USSR that formally settled the issue of the millions of expellees.
  • When the Federal Republic was established, 10 million people, a quarter of the total population, were refugees or expellees from the East.


Example sentences
  • He would ponder the power hogging oil expellers and the many ways they can be made efficient.
  • The oil expeller can crush many seeds including the doughty cottonseed.
  • Source rocks lean in organic matter tend to be poor expellers of oils.

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