Definitions for hijackˈhaɪˌdʒæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (v.t.)to seize (an airplane or other vehicle) by threat or by force, esp. for ransom or political objectives.

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  2. to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop:

    to hijack a load of whiskey.

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  3. to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop:

    They hijacked the truck outside the city.

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  4. (n.)an act or instance of hijacking.

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Origin of hijack:

1920–25, Amer.; of uncert. orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hijack, highjack(verb)

    seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination

  2. commandeer, hijack, highjack, pirate(verb)

    take arbitrarily or by force

    "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"

  3. hijack(verb)

    seize control of

    "they hijacked the judicial process"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hijack(verb)ˈaɪʤˌæk

    to use force to take control of a vehicle

    The plane was hijacked by terrorists.


  1. hijack(Noun)

    An instance of hijacking; the illegal seizure of a vehicle.

  2. hijack(Noun)

    An instance of a seizure and redirection of a process.

  3. hijack(Noun)

    An amendment which deletes the contents of a bill and inserts entirely new provisions.

  4. hijack(Verb)

    To forcibly stop and seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination (especially an airplane, truck or a boat).

  5. hijack(Verb)

    To seize control of some process or resource to achieve a purpose other than its originally intended one.

  6. hijack(Verb)

    To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.

  7. hijack(Verb)

    To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site (to hijack a browser).

  8. hijack(Verb)

    To introduce an amendment deleting the contents of a bill and inserting entirely new provisions.


  1. Hijack

    Hijack were a hip hop group from Brixton in London, featuring Kamanchi Sly, DJ Supreme, DJ Undercover, Ulysses, Agent Fritz and Agent Clueso. Their first single, "Style Wars" caught the attention of the British hip hop community. Their next release, "Hold No Hostage" / "Doomsday of Rap" became an underground hit across Europe, bringing them to the attention of West Coast rapper Ice-T.

Translations for hijack

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to take control of (an aeroplane) while it is moving and force the pilot to fly to a particular place.

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