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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 expelled
  • The ministry has never said that a correspondent with a valid visa could be expelled without warning for not having a press card.
  • And should the student ever commit academic dishonesty a second time, the student is expelled.
  • As temperatures rise, temperature-sensitive algae that sustain the coral are expelled or killed.
  • The negatively charged expelled electrons are drawn back toward the positively charged bubble.
  • The campus judicial council found him guilty and, since he had a prior offense, recommended that he be expelled for two semesters.
  • Once food is safely in the stomach, water that was sucked up in the vacuum process is expelled through the gills.
  • He had been expelled from the program for misbehavior and later killed himself.
  • After ten months at the university he was expelled for heaving a brick through a window of the local stationmaster's house.
  • Penalties could range from a warning letter to being expelled.
  • Refugees have not returned to the homes from which they were expelled.
British Dictionary definitions for expelled


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 expelled



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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