de·​throne | \ di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio) , dē- \
dethroned; dethroning; dethrones

Definition of dethrone

transitive verb

: to remove from a throne or place of power or prominence dethrone a king trying to dethrone the champion

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dethronement \ di-​ˈthrōn-​mənt How to pronounce dethrone (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
dethroner noun

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Examples of dethrone in a Sentence

the nation's last monarch was dethroned in a popular uprising many years ago
Recent Examples on the Web Eighteen more games between the best teams in the National League West, the defending World Series champion Dodgers and a Padres team that was built and bulked up to match the Dodgers’ bountiful skill and ultimately dethrone them? Los Angeles Times, "Column: This season’s first taste of Dodgers-Padres drama has everyone wanting more," 17 Apr. 2021 Still, the strength and power of the champions came through as Baszler's Kirifuda Clutch submission got the win, leaving fans to wonder who can dethrone the team. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, "Championship Sunday: Takeaways from title-heavy night two of WWE WrestleMania 37," 12 Apr. 2021 The Wildcats are a rising program trying to dethrone USD, and the last time the teams played at Torero Stadium, in 2018, Davidson rushed for an FCS record 789 yards. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National win record on the line for USD football team Saturday," 2 Apr. 2021 The campaign will feature a new challenger who might win enough support to dethrone the long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, polls suggest. Ivan Levingston,, "Israel Heads to Fourth Vote in Two Years Over Budget Crisis," 22 Dec. 2020 Even when star center Marie Kiefer battled through foul trouble for most of the night, and host GRC tied the game in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs found a way to dethrone the Cardinals. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school basketball: Brossart girls advances to 10th Region final, Scott loses by one," 30 Mar. 2021 Xiaomi took advantage of the US ban on Huawei to dethrone its rival in the smartphone business. Chris Smith, BGR, "Xiaomi might be working on an electric car to launch before Apple," 26 Mar. 2021 While the Cougars threatened to dethrone the last remaining undefeated team in the country, the Zags put together a 23-5 run late in the game to seal a 88-78 win and the WCC title. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU challenges Gonzaga, but ultimately loses the WCC Championship game," 9 Mar. 2021 Nobody could just come out of nowhere and dethrone a chess king, right? Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "A Bird-Feed Seller Beat a Chess Master Online. Then It Got Ugly," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dethrone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Dethrone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dethrone

: to take away the power and authority of (a king or queen) : to remove (a king or queen) from power


de·​throne | \ di-ˈthrōn How to pronounce dethrone (audio) \
dethroned; dethroning

Kids Definition of dethrone

: to remove (a king or queen) from power

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