dispossess

verb
dis·​pos·​sess | \ ˌdis-pə-ˈzes How to pronounce dispossess (audio) also -ˈses\
dispossessed; dispossessing; dispossesses

Definition of dispossess

transitive verb

: to put out of possession or occupancy dispossessed the nobles of their land

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Other Words from dispossess

dispossession \ ˌdis-​pə-​ˈze-​shən How to pronounce dispossession (audio) also  -​ˈse-​ \ noun
dispossessor \ ˌdis-​pə-​ˈze-​sər How to pronounce dispossessor (audio) also  -​ˈse-​ \ noun

Synonyms for dispossess

Synonyms

divest, expropriate, oust

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Examples of dispossess in a Sentence

The land was settled by dispossessing the native people who lived here. opponents of gentrification claim that the process unfairly dispossesses poorer residents of their long-established homes

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One of the most pernicious legal mechanisms used to dispossess heirs’ property owners is called a partition action. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 But Democrats seem determined to make sure the dispossessed don’t cross into their camp. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Bashing Big Business at the Democratic Debates: CEO Daily," 28 June 2019 Since the 1940s, African American farmers have been dispossessed of their land with the help of government agencies. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019 Nine minutes after Jamaica repelled a brief El Salvadorian onslaught that featured back-to-back shots and shouts for a handball foul, Jamaican defender Damion Lowe ventured into the box but was dispossessed. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Jamaica, El Salvador play to scoreless draw in Gold Cup," 21 June 2019 Sitting Bull was a Sioux chief who saw his people slaughtered, despoiled, and dispossessed before he himself was killed. Marc-olivier Bherer, Harper's magazine, "No Reservations," 10 May 2019 After dispossessing South Korea near its own goal, Timo Werner is wide open on the back post. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Germany Crashes Out of World Cup With a Loss to South Korea," 28 June 2018 Arsenal were left silenced early in the match as the visiting team started brightly, pacing forwards towards David Ospina's goal, pressing the home side and dispossessing them at any opportunity. SI.com, "Arsenal 1-2 Östersunds FK: Hapless Gunners Progress on Aggregate as Swedish Side Produce Famous Win," 22 Feb. 2018 The Kakuma Refugee Camp, 80 miles from anywhere in northwest Kenya, is a world apart, a holding center for thousands dispossessed by war and conflict. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of dispossess

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dispossess

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

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dispossess

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dispossess

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

dispossess

transitive verb
dis·​pos·​sess | \ ˌdis-pə-ˈzes How to pronounce dispossess (audio) \

Legal Definition of dispossess

: to put out of possession or occupancy — compare evict

Other Words from dispossess

dispossession \ -​ˈze-​shən How to pronounce dispossession (audio) \ noun
dispossessor \ -​ˈze-​sər How to pronounce dispossessor (audio) \ noun

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