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[ik-spel] /ɪkˈspɛl/
verb (used with object), expelled, expelling.
to drive or force out or away; discharge or eject:
to expel air from the lungs; to expel an invader from a country.
to cut off from membership or relations:
to expel a student from a college.
Origin of expel
1350-1400; Middle English expellen < Latin expellere to drive out, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pellere to push, drive
Related forms
expellable, adjective
reexpel, verb (used with object), reexpelled, reexpelling.
unexpellable, adjective
unexpelled, adjective
2. oust, dismiss, exile, excommunicate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for expel
  • Now, once again, politicians are appealing to the desire to expel and remove bad elements from society.
  • And the little buggers also use our attempts to expel them with vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Knead dough on a lightly floured work surface to expel air.
  • Aerosol cans contain liquid under pressure, which is used to expel the contents.
  • Colleges already have the authority to suspend or expel students for the safety of others.
  • Even under the revised legislation the university could still fine them, remove them from campus, suspend or expel them.
  • The current caused them to expel larger amounts of their natural secretions than they normally would have.
  • After a quick breath at the surface, dolphins swim to the bottom of the pool and expel a long, silvery ring of air.
  • Briefly knead dough with dough hook or on a lightly floured board to expel air.
  • It has been designed to expel each one as it is cut, which means your floor ends up covered in loads of tiny little paper circles.
British Dictionary definitions for expel


verb (transitive) -pels, -pelling, -pelled
to eject or drive out with force
to deprive of participation in or membership of a school, club, etc
Derived Forms
expellable, adjective
expellee (ˌɛkspɛˈliː) noun
expeller, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin expellere to drive out, from pellere to thrust, drive
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Word Origin and History for expel

late 14c., from Latin expellere "drive out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to eject from a school" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Expelled; expelling.

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