dispossess

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verb dis·pos·sess \ˌdis-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses\

Definition of dispossess

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of dispossess

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


First Known Use: 15th century


DISPOSSESS Defined for English Language Learners

dispossess

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verb dis·pos·sess \ˌdis-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses\

Definition of dispossess for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

dispossess

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

Legal Definition of dispossess

  1. :  to put out of possession or occupancy — compare evict

dispossession

\-ˈze-shən\ play noun

dispossessor

\-ˈze-sər\ play noun



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