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hijackverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈhaɪ.dʒæk/
to take ​control of an ​aircraft or other ​vehicle during a ​journey, ​especially using ​violence: Two men hijacked a ​jettravelling to Paris and ​demanded $125,000. disapproving to take ​control of or use something that does not ​belong to you for ​your own ​advantage: He ​resents the way his ​ideas have been hijacked by ​others in the ​department.

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hijacknoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈhaɪ.dʒæk/ (also hijacking)
an ​occasion when someone uses ​force to take ​control of an ​aircraft or other ​vehicle: The hijack ​ended with the ​release of all the plane's ​passengersunharmed. He’s a ​leadingsuspect in the hijacking of the ​jetliner.
(Definition of hijack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hijack" in American English

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hijackverb [T]

 us   /ˈhɑɪˌdʒæk/
to ​force someone to give you ​control of a ​vehicle, ​aircraft, or ​ship that is in the ​middle of a ​trip: Gunmen ​tried to hijack ​theirtruck. Someone who hijacks someone else’s ​ideas or ​plans uses those ​ideas and ​claims to have ​created them: The ​movie hijacks some of ​itsstyle from "Blade Runner."
hijacking
noun [C/U]  us   /ˈhɑɪˌdʒæk·ɪŋ/
[U] He’s a ​leadingsuspect in the hijacking of the jetliner.
(Definition of hijack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hijack" in Business English

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hijackverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈhaɪdʒæk/
to take ​control of something, such as another person's ​plan, a ​system, or a ​meeting for your own ​advantage: The ​association is annoyed that its ​campaign has been hijacked by pin-striped PR men.
IT to take ​control of a ​computer belonging to someone else without their ​permission, especially for ​illegalpurposes: Hundreds of the department's powerful ​computers were hijacked by ​hackers, who used them to ​sendspamemail.
(Definition of hijack from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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