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

Other Words from dispossess

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web When the United States emerged from the ashes of revolutionary war, political leaders set to work devising ways to dispossess sovereign peoples like the Cherokees. Gregory Smithers, The New Republic, 17 Jan. 2022 Extremists, including some right-wing Israeli politicians, have expanded their efforts to dispossess Palestinian residents of an East Jerusalem neighborhood. Aaron David Miller And Daniel Kurtzer, CNN, 12 May 2021 After all, the rich can share citizenship status with poor and working people and still dispossess them. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, 6 May 2021 The federal government often worked to dispossess tribes of their land and, until recently, to assimilate them into white culture. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Mar. 2021 The federal government often worked to dispossess tribes of their land and, until recently, to assimilate them into white culture. Matthew Daly, ajc, 15 Mar. 2021 The federal government often worked to dispossess tribes of their land and, until recently, to assimilate them into white culture. Matthew Daly, Chron, 15 Mar. 2021 The federal government often worked to dispossess tribes of their land and, until recently, to assimilate them into white culture. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 Systematic land theft tactics that were used by Europeans to steal tribal nations’ lands, are still being utilized by the USDA and many state tax entities to dispossess Black farm families out of their land centuries later. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Dispossess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispossess. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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

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