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expel

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛl
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of expel in English:

verb (expels, expelling, expelled)

[with object]
1Officially make (someone) leave 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.
Synonyms
throw out, bar, ban, debar, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out, oust, remove, get rid of;
reject, dismiss;
blackball, blacklist;
Military cashier
British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off, turf out
North American informal give someone the air, give someone the bum's rush
dated out
1.1Force (someone) to leave a place: eight diplomats were expelled from Norway for espionage
More 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.
Synonyms
banish, exile, deport, evict, expatriate, dismiss, displace;
in ancient Greeceostracize
1.2Force out (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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin expellere, from ex- 'out' + pellere 'to drive'.

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  • appeal from (Middle English):

    Recorded first in legal contexts, appeal comes via Old French from Latin appellare ‘to address, accost, call upon’. Peal (Late Middle English) is a shortening of appeal, perhaps from the call to prayers of a ringing bell. The base of appeal is Latin pellere ‘to drive’, found also in compel ‘drive together’; dispel ‘drive apart’; expel ‘drive out’; impel ‘drive towards’; and impulsive; propel ‘drive forwards’; repel ‘drive back’, all Late Middle English. It is also the source of the pulse (Middle English) that you can feel on your wrist and is related to push (Middle English). The other kind of pulse, an edible seed, is a different word, which comes via Old French from Latin puls ‘porridge of meal or pulse’, related to the sources of both pollen and powder.

Derivatives

expellable

1
adjective
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.

expellee

2
noun
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.

expeller

3
noun
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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