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Etymology edit

Late Middle English: from Latin expellere, from ex- (out) +‎ pellere (to drive).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɛl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛl
  • Hyphenation: ex‧pel

Verb edit

expel (third-person singular simple present expels, present participle expelling, simple past and past participle expelled)

  1. To eject or erupt.
  2. (obsolete) To fire (a bullet, arrow etc.).
  3. (transitive) To remove from membership.
    Synonyms: drive away, drive out, force out
    He was expelled from school multiple times for disruptive behaviour.
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”, in Guardian[1]:
      She was Nicolas Sarkozy's pin-up for diversity, the first Muslim woman with north African parents to hold a major French government post. But Rachida Dati has now turned on her own party elite with such ferocity that some have suggested she should be expelled from the president's ruling party.
  4. (transitive) To deport.

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