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verb [transitive] hijack pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪdʒæk/
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present participlehijacking
past tensehijacked
past participlehijacked
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  1. 1
    to illegally take control of a vehicle, especially a plane, using violence or threats
    Terrorists hijacked the plane, ordering the pilot to fly to Tripoli.
  2. 2
    showing disapproval to take control of an organization or activity and use it for your own purposes
    Environmentalists were accused of hijacking the rally to promote their own aims.

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 hijack pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪˌdʒækə(r)/ noun [countable]
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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