expel[ek spel′, ik-]
This man has been expelled from his apartment.
- When you breath out deeply after you've been holding your breath from fear, this is an example of a time when you expel your breath.
- When a school kicks out a student for cheating, this is an example of time when the school expels the student.
To expel is defined as to force something or someone out, or to kick someone out of a social club, school or other group.
transitive verbex·pelled, ex·pel·ling, ex·pels
- To force or drive out: expel an invader.
- To discharge from or as if from a receptacle: expelled a sigh of relief.
- To deprive of membership or rights in an organization; force to leave: expelled the student from college for cheating.
Origin of expelMiddle English expellen, from Latin expellere : ex-, ex- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present expels, present participle expelling, simple past and past participle expelled)