Definition of EXPROPRIATE

to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right <dissidents were shot, and their lands expropriated under his regime>
to end the occupancy or possession of <the state will have to expropriate scores of homeowners in order to build the new road>
to take ownership or control of (something) by right of one's authority <plans by the city to expropriate entire blocks of houses in order to bulldoze them for expansion of the airport>

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