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verb [transitive]     expel pronunciation in British English
/ɪkˈspel/
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I/you/we/theyexpel
he/she/itexpels
present participleexpelling
past tenseexpelled
past participleexpelled
  1. 1
    to officially force someone to leave a place or organization because of their bad behaviour

    They have no legal power to expel a party member.

    expel someone from something:

    The police were sent to expel the demonstrators from public buildings.

    1. b.
      to force someone to leave a foreign country, especially for political reasons or for breaking the law
      expel someone from something:

      Journalists who reported on the demonstration were expelled from the country.

  2. 2
    formal to force something out of a container or someone’s body
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