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hijack

To hijack a vehicle is to take control of it by force. Chances are you've seen an action movie in which some villains hijack a car or plane.

To hijack a vehicle is to take it over illegally. Such a crime is called a hijack or a hijacking. Hijack can be used more generally to mean “take over.” If your friend has a bad habit of interrupting other people to talk about himself, you can say that he tends to hijack the conversation.

Definitions of hijack
  1. verb
    take arbitrarily or by force
    synonyms: commandeer, highjack, pirate
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    types:
    skyjack
    subject an aircraft to air piracy
    carjack
    take someone's car from him by force, usually with the intention of stealing it
    type of:
    seize
    take or capture by force
  2. verb
    seize control of
    “they hijacked the judicial process”
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    type of:
    arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  3. noun
    seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
    synonyms: highjack
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    types:
    carjacking
    the violent theft of an occupied car
    type of:
    crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
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