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expel

ex·pel

expel

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spel
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: expelled, expelling, expels
definition 1: to put or drive out forcibly.
The pierced balloon expelled its air.
synonyms:
eject, extrude
antonyms:
admit
similar words:
banish, belch, bounce, discharge, disgorge, displace, emit, heave, purge, release, rout, run out, vent, vomit
definition 2: to dismiss or oust, as from a school, organization, or organized event.
Several players were expelled from the league.After he was found defacing school property, he was expelled.Fighting can get you expelled from the game.
synonyms:
dismiss, oust
antonyms:
admit
similar words:
banish, cashier, drum out, eject, kick out, suspend
derivation: expellable (adj.)
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The word expel contains the following parts:
ex- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away from
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The prefix ex- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as exit and expel . It has multiple forms, as the 'x' sound in ex- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms e-, ef-, and es-. ex- is also used in the formation of English words such as "ex-partner," where it means "formerly having the status of."
synonyms:
extr-, extra-, exter-
 
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push