Definition of expel in English:

expel

verbexpelled, expelling, expels

[with object]
  • 1Officially make (someone) leave a school or other organization.

    ‘she was expelled from school’
    • ‘He was expelled from the Conservative Party yesterday morning.’
    • ‘Most non-government schools have much wider powers to select or expel students, and select and dismiss teachers and other staff, than government schools.’
    • ‘At 15, he was expelled from school after being accused of selling cannabis - a claim he denies.’
    • ‘She had been officially expelled from the clan, and her clan markings scoured clean with caustic substances.’
    • ‘It is a thread of troublemaking that has followed him ever since he was expelled from school in California for lighting a firework in class.’
    • ‘The allegations resulting in the perjury trial forced him to quit the candidacy, and he was subsequently expelled from the party for five years.’
    • ‘Persons are not expelled from universities for attending non-violent demonstrations.’
    • ‘When he was finally expelled from office, the people were so outraged by his excess that he and his wife were literally stoned to death.’
    • ‘He became involved in the underground Croatian nationalist movement, for which he was expelled from party and office in 1967.’
    • ‘He found a job doing data entry, but was fired when his boss found out he was expelled from university.’
    • ‘He was expelled from a city school in second year and was heading straight for jail.’
    • ‘UEFA's disciplinary body could have expelled the Italian club from European competition next season.’
    • ‘He was expelled from school for punching a teacher.’
    • ‘On a unanimous vote on all of these charges, he was expelled from the party.’
    • ‘At one point I was nearly expelled from school for having a bad influence.’
    • ‘When the Nazis occupied his country, he was expelled from school and put to work as a construction labourer.’
    • ‘After being convicted by the jury she was put on a residential drug treatment and testing order but that failed when she was expelled from the hostel.’
    • ‘She was also expelled from school, after teachers said she would be a ‘bad influence’ on the other girls.’
    • ‘Fourteen candidates were expelled from the examination venue on the charge of indulging in malpractices.’
    • ‘You are incredibly lucky that the headmaster hasn't expelled you, and brought criminal charges against you.’
    • ‘There were even reports of college students being expelled from school for addiction to computer games.’
    • ‘No one is opposed to such politicians being expelled from the political scene.’
    • ‘The party itself was forced to expel three members and sanction one other.’
    • ‘She was expelled from the party for opposing neo-liberalism and is one of the founders of a new socialist party in her country.’
    throw out, bar, ban, debar, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out, oust, remove, get rid of
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    1. 1.1 Force (someone) to leave a place.
      ‘eight diplomats were expelled from Norway for espionage’
      • ‘He has been based here since he was expelled from Sudan, and forbidden entry to his homeland of Saudi Arabia.’
      • ‘The one-time Libyan envoy to London, he was expelled from Britain in 1980 for publicly threatening to murder dissidents.’
      • ‘But he was then expelled from the country instead of being taken to a Portuguese prison to begin his sentence.’
      • ‘I haven't had any news of her since I was expelled from Australia.’
      • ‘After he won the presidency in 1990, the opposition joined with the Army to overthrow him and expel him from the country.’
      • ‘He would like to deport and expel people who are French, people who would otherwise vote in elections.’
      • ‘The organisation has expelled three members following an internal investigation over their role in the killing and cover-up.’
      • ‘This champion of samurai who would overthrow the Shogunate and expel the barbarians became the devoted follower of the elite shogunal official.’
      • ‘Security forces had allied with extreme loyalists to expel families from their homes.’
      • ‘Only last month the south Asian neighbours expelled each other's diplomats over accusations of spying.’
      • ‘Long a supporter of the Sudeten Germans, his wife's own family was expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945.’
      • ‘When one family member is expelled, the entire family goes into exile.’
      • ‘If there is one thing we could do to give this, and other cities, a sensible future, it would be to banish, expel, deport, and forever exile this noxious device and all its associated poisons.’
      • ‘Russian forces expelled the older scientists and held the younger ones as prisoners of war.’
      • ‘A Mexican force soon expelled him, and his rangers burned the town of as they left.’
      • ‘Some 800,000 people were expelled and several hundreds of thousands internally displaced.’
      • ‘The country has expelled five diplomats following scrutiny of their activities.’
      • ‘That means the possibility of using the threat of force to force them to give up their weapons and expel the radical organization.’
      • ‘Eventually the king was forced to expel her from the country.’
      • ‘He and three other newspeople were expelled from Baghdad last week.’
      banish, exile, deport, evict, expatriate, dismiss, displace
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    2. 1.2 Force out (something), especially from the body.
      ‘she expelled a shuddering breath’
      • ‘A sponge filters out microscopic food by drawing water through tiny spores in its body wall and then expelling it through its top opening.’
      • ‘As with a foreign object, sometimes the body rejects a body piercing and expels it or causes it to migrate.’
      • ‘Acute diarrhea is an important defense mechanism that enables your body to expel foreign bacteria and parasites quickly.’
      • ‘Pamela took a deep breath, expelled it slowly, puffing her cheeks out.’
      • ‘Small but prolonged rises in sea temperature force coral colonies to expel their symbiotic, food-producing algae, a process known as bleaching.’
      • ‘When you take in those extra salts, your body will need to expel them as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘That my body wants to expel the dust of the past as quickly as it inhales it seems to me an entirely healthy mechanism.’
      • ‘After birth, the body expels the fluid and salt, and their blood pressure drops.’
      • ‘The chair's legs squeaked against the floor as she pushed it away and coughed, her body expelling the pill across to the far side of the table.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like peppermint, it helps your body expel gas, but it also stimulates your digestive juices.’
      • ‘A thrust compressing the abdomen just below the diaphragm forces air up from the lungs through the throat - expelling a foreign body from the choking victim.’
      • ‘Unless they are expelled from your body, they add to your weight.’
      • ‘So, once his races are over, his main priority will be to expel them from his body as fast and efficiently as possible.’
      • ‘Straightening, she took a deep breath before expelling it sharply.’
      • ‘Viruses in your throat or chest also stimulate your cough reflex, which helps your body expel the mucus and the virus, he says.’
      • ‘It turns out that some species of penguin can expel their feces with such force that it can fly 40 cm.’
      • ‘We could not breathe, either, for our lungs were much too busy expelling laughter from our bodies.’
      • ‘The immune system does this work, targeting and breaking down outworn or foreign materials and expelling them from the body.’
      • ‘Yoga helps your body reabsorb and expel gas by stimulating peristalsis, the muscle contractions that eliminate waste.’
      let out, discharge, eject, force out, issue, send forth
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

expel

/ɪkˈspɛl//ɛkˈspɛl/