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ex·pel

expel

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spel
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part of speech: verb
inflections: expels, expelling, expelled
definition 1: to force out or drive out.
He coughed to expel the dust from his lungs.
synonyms:
eject
antonyms:
admit
similar words:
banish, belch, discharge, displace, emit, release, rout, vent
definition 2: to send away or dismiss.
They expelled the player from the game for fighting.
synonyms:
dismiss, oust
antonyms:
admit
similar words:
banish, eject, 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
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