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

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

Full Definition of DISPOSSESS

transitive verb
:  to put out of possession or occupancy <dispossessed the nobles of their land>
dis·pos·ses·sion \-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\ noun
dis·pos·ses·sor \-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>


Middle French despossesser, from des- dis- + possesser to possess
First Known Use: 15th century


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