dispossess

verb dis·pos·sess \ ˌdis-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of dispossess

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

dispossession

play \-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\ noun

dispossessor

play \-ˈze-sər also -ˈse-\ noun

Examples of dispossess in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of dispossess

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



DISPOSSESS Defined for English Language Learners

dispossess

verb

Definition of dispossess for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

dispossess

transitive verb dis·pos·sess \ ˌdis-pə-ˈzes \

legal Definition of dispossess

: to put out of possession or occupancy — compare evict

dispossession

play \-ˈze-shən\ noun

dispossessor

play \-ˈze-sər\ noun


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