Hijack meaning

hījăk
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.

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To forcibly stop and seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination (especially an airplane, truck or a boat).
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(computing) To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.
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To steal such goods from (a person) by force.
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To cheat, swindle, etc. by or as by the use of force.
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To seize control forcibly of (an aircraft, bus, ship, etc.), esp. in order to go to a nonscheduled destination.
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To seize control of.

An aggressive councilman hijacking the proceedings.

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To take over control of a vehicle or airplane by use of the threat of force.
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The act or an instance of hijacking.
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To steal (goods in transit, a truck and its contents, etc.) by force.
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To seize control of some process or resource to achieve a purpose other than its originally intended one.
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(computing) To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site (to hijack a browser).
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(politics) To introduce an amendment deleting the contents of a bill and inserting entirely new provisions.
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An instance of hijacking; the illegal seizure of a vehicle.
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An instance of a seizure and redirection of a process.
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(politics) An amendment which deletes the contents of a bill and inserts entirely new provisions.
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(poker slang) Preflop, the position two before the dealer.
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Origin of hijack

  • Probably back-formation from highjacker perhaps from jacker holdup man from jack to jacklight

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of highway and jacker (“one who holds up”)

    From Wiktionary