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oust

verb \ˈast\

: to cause or force (someone or something) to leave a position of power, a competition, etc.

: to take the place of (someone or something)

Full Definition of OUST

transitive verb
1
a :  to remove from or dispossess of property or position by legal action, by force, or by the compulsion of necessity
b :  to take away (as a right or authority) :  bar, remove
2
:  to take the place of :  supplant

Examples of OUST

  1. The rebels ousted the dictator from power.
  2. Large national banks are ousting local banks in many communities.

Origin of OUST

Middle English, from Anglo-French oster, ouster to take off, remove, oust, from Late Latin obstare to ward off, from Latin, to stand in the way, from ob- in the way + stare to stand — more at ob-, stand
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of OUST

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action <ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar>. expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical <a student expelled from college>. oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion <police ousted the squatters>. evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home <evicted for nonpayment of rent>.

Rhymes with OUST

OUST Defined for Kids

oust

verb \ˈast\
oust·edoust·ing

Definition of OUST for Kids

:  to force or drive out (as from office or from possession of something)

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