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English verb: expel

1. expel (social) force to leave or move out


SamplesHe was expelled from his native country.


Synonymskick out, throw out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)ban, ban, banish, banish, banish, bar, blackball, boot out, cast out, chuck out, debar, deliver, deport, deport, eject, exclude, exile, expatriate, extradite, ostracise, ostracize, relegate, shun, suspend, turf out, turn out

2. expel (social) remove from a position or office


SamplesThe chairman was ousted after he misappropriated funds.


Synonymsboot out, drum out, kick out, oust, throw out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)remove


Narrower (hyponym)depose, excommunicate, force out

3. expel (competition) cause to flee


SamplesRout out the fighters from their caves.


Synonymsrout, rout out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)defeat, get the better of, overcome

4. expel (body) eliminate (a substance)


SamplesCombustion products are exhausted in the engine.
The plant releases a gas.


Synonymsdischarge, eject, exhaust, release


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)abort, bleed, blow, breathe, cough out, cough up, egest, ejaculate, eliminate, emit, eruct, excrete, expectorate, fester, hemorrhage, maturate, ovulate, pass, pass off, shed blood, spew, spew out, spit out, spit up, suppurate









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