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EXPEL', verb transitive [Latin expello; ex and pello, to drive; from the Latin participle.]

1. To drive or force out from any inclosed place; as, to expel wind from the stomach, or air from a bellows. [The word is applicable to any force, physical or moral.]

2. To drive out; to force to leave; as, to expel the inhabitants of a country; to expel wild beasts from a forest.

3. To eject; to throw out.

4. To banish; to exile.

5. To reject; to refuse. [Little used.]

And would you not poor fellowship expel?

6. To exclude; to keep out or off.

7. In college government, to command to leave; to dissolve the connection of a student; to interdict him from further connection.