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EXPEL (expelled, expelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expel mean? 

EXPEL (verb)
  The verb EXPEL has 5 senses:

1. force to leave or move out
2. put out or expel from a place
3. remove from a position or office
4. cause to flee
5. eliminate (substances) from the body

  Familiarity information: EXPEL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPEL (verb)


Sense 1expel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force to leave or move out

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

expel; kick out; throw out

Context example:

He was expelled from his native country

Hypernyms (to "expel" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "expel"):

ban; banish; blackball; cast out; ostracise; ostracize; shun (expel from a community or group)

banish; bar; relegate (expel, as if by official decree)

deliver; deport; extradite (hand over to the authorities of another country)

debar; suspend (bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.)

deport; exile; expatriate (expel from a country)

ban; banish (ban from a place of residence, as for punishment)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2expel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put out or expel from a place

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

eject; turf out; boot out; chuck out; expel; throw out; kick out; exclude; turn out

Context example:

The child was expelled from the classroom

Hypernyms (to "expel" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "expel"):

exorcise; exorcize (expel through adjuration or prayers)

bump; dislodge; displace (remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied)

bounce (eject from the premises)

show the door (ask to leave)

evict (expel or eject without recourse to legal process)

evict; force out (expel from one's property or force to move out by a legal process)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3expel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove from a position or office

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

boot out; drum out; oust; kick out; expel; throw out

Context example:

The chairman was ousted after he misappropriated funds

Hypernyms (to "expel" is one way to...):

remove (remove from a position or an office)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "expel"):

excommunicate (oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree)

depose; force out (force to leave (an office))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4expel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to flee

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

rout; rout out; expel

Context example:

rout out the fighters from their caves

Hypernyms (to "expel" is one way to...):

defeat; get the better of; overcome (win a victory over)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5expel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eliminate (substances) from the body

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

eject; discharge; release; expel

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "expel"):

cough out; cough up; expectorate; spit out; spit up (discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth)

breathe; emit; pass off (expel (gases or odors))

fester; maturate; suppurate (ripen and generate pus)

eruct; spew; spew out (eject or send out in large quantities, also metaphorical)

bleed; hemorrhage; shed blood (lose blood from one's body)

egest; eliminate; excrete; pass (eliminate from the body)

ovulate (produce and discharge eggs)

abort (terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion)

ejaculate (eject semen)

blow (free of obstruction by blowing air through)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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