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dispossess

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verb dis·pos·sess \ˌdis-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses\

Simple Definition of dispossess

  • : to take land, possessions, etc., from (someone)

Full Definition of dispossess

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put out of possession or occupancy <dispossessed the nobles of their land>

dis·pos·ses·sion play \-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\ noun
dis·pos·ses·sor play \-ˈze-sər also -ˈse-\ noun

Examples of dispossess

  1. The land was settled by dispossessing the native people who lived here.

  2. <opponents of gentrification claim that the process unfairly dispossesses poorer residents of their long-established homes>



Origin of dispossess

Middle French despossesser, from des- dis- + possesser to possess


First Known Use: 15th century




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