- To expel is defined as to force something or someone out, or to kick someone out of a social club, school or other group.
- 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.
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transitive verb ex·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 force to leave; deprive of membership: expelled the student from college for cheating. See Synonyms at eject.
Origin: Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere : ex-, ex- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
- ex·pelˈla·ble adjective
- ex·pelˈler noun