Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: expellere, from pellere 'to drive'


ex‧pel past tense and past participle expelled, present participle expelling [transitive]
1 to officially force someone to leave a school or organization [↪ expulsion]
expel somebody from something
Two girls were expelled from school for taking drugs.
The main opposition leader was expelled from her party.
expel somebody for doing something
He was expelled for making racist remarks.
2 to force a foreigner to leave a country, especially because they have broken the law or for political reasons
expel somebody from something
Foreign priests were expelled from the country.
expel somebody for something
Three diplomats were expelled for spying.
3HBHT to force air, water, or gas etc out of your body or out of a container

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