- The definition of hijack is to take over something that doesn't belong to you such as a plane, ship, bus or other vehicle, to commandeer or to take over by force.
- When you take control of a conversation others were having and make it all about you, this is an example of a time when you hijack the conversation.
- When the terrorists on 9/11 took over the plane and used it to crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, this is an example of the hijack of a plane by terrorists.
hijack definition by Webster's New World
- to steal (goods in transit, a truck and its contents, etc.) by force
- to steal such goods from (a person) by force
- to cheat, swindle, etc. by or as by the use of force
- to seize control forcibly of (an aircraft, bus, ship, etc.), esp. in order to go to a nonscheduled destination
Origin: ; from hobo slang for robbing sleeping men ; from high plush jack: origin obscure
- hijacker noun
hijack definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also high·jack Informaltransitive verb hi·jacked also high·jacked, hi·jack·ing also high·jack·ing, hi·jacks also high·jacks
- a. To stop and rob (a vehicle in transit).b. To steal (goods) from a vehicle in transit.c. To seize control of (a moving vehicle) by use of force, especially in order to reach an alternate destination.
- a. To steal from as if by hijacking.b. To swindle or subject to extortion.
Origin: Probably back-formation from highjacker, perhaps from jacker, holdup man, from jack, to jacklight.
- hiˈjackˌer noun
hijack - Legal Definition