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tr.v. ex·pelled, ex·pel·ling, ex·pels
1. To force or drive out: expel an invader.
2. To discharge from or as if from a receptacle: expelled a sigh of relief.
3. To deprive of membership or rights in an organization; force to leave: expelled the student from college for cheating.
[Middle English expellen, from Latin expellere : ex-, ex- + pellere, to drive; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]
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