Definition of hijack verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hijack

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdʒæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdʒæk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hijack
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdʒæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdʒæk//
     
    he / she / it hijacks
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdʒæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdʒæks//
     
    past simple hijacked
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdʒækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdʒækt//
     
    past participle hijacked
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdʒækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdʒækt//
     
    -ing form hijacking
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdʒækɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdʒækɪŋ//
     
    Terrorism
     
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  1. 1hijack something to use violence or threats to take control of a vehicle, especially a plane, in order to force it to travel to a different place or to demand something from a government The plane was hijacked by two armed men on a flight from London to Rome. Wordfinderalert, assassinate, attack, campaign, execute, extremist, hijack, hostage, kidnap, terrorism CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2hijack something (disapproving) to use or take control of something, especially a meeting, in order to advertise your own aims and interests Demonstrators fear that the march could be hijacked by extremists.
  3. Word Origin 1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.
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