Simple Definition of dispossess
: to take land, possessions, etc., from (someone)
Examples of dispossess in a sentence
The land was settled by dispossessing the native people who lived here.
<opponents of gentrification claim that the process unfairly dispossesses poorer residents of their long-established homes>
Origin and Etymology of dispossess
Middle French despossesser, from des- dis- + possesser to possess
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with dispossess
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