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verb [transitive] expel pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspel/
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present tense
present participleexpelling
past tenseexpelled
past participleexpelled
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  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. a.
      to force a student to leave a school permanently
      expel someone for something: He was expelled for threatening a teacher with a knife.
    2. b.
      to force someone to leave a foreign country, especially for political reasons or for breaking the law
      The authorities are threatening to expel all foreign diplomats.
      expel someone from something: Journalists who reported on the demonstration were expelled from the country.


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