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Examples of expropriate in a Sentence
dissidents were shot, and their lands expropriated under his regime
the state will have to expropriate scores of homeowners in order to build the new road
Recent Examples of expropriate from the Web
Back in 1954, after Hurricane Hazel flooded homes in the valley, the city expropriated a bunch of land and turned it into a linear park meandering through the city, with tens of miles of bike trails and gravel paths running alongside the river.
Since Lázaro Cárdenas, a former president, expropriated the oil sector in 1938, state control over oil reserves has become knitted into Mexican notions of national sovereignty.
Especially when done for squatters—trespassers—this expropriates a landlord’s property without compensation.
Then President Benito Juarez expropriated much of the church's holdings.
But even as some Cuban families whose properties were expropriated are still waiting for compensation, many of those items have been turning up for sale abroad.
After the end of the Cultural Revolution, monks whose land had been expropriated co-operated with local authorities and businesses keen to attract visitors, paving roads to their temples and opening shops hawking spiritual tat.
But during his campaign, he's been doubling down on the same failing policies, taking over the country’s largest private bank, Banesco, forcing companies to slash prices and expropriating others.
Last week the two parties voted together in favor of a constitutional review that would enable land to be expropriated without compensation.
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Did You Know?
If you guessed that expropriate has something in common with the verb appropriate, you're right. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin adjective proprius, meaning "own." Expropriate came to us by way of the Medieval Latin verb expropriare, itself from Latin ex- ("out of" or "from") and proprius. Appropriate descends from Late Latin appropriare, which joins proprius and Latin ad- ("to" or "toward"). Both the verb appropriate ("to take possession of" or "to set aside for a particular use") and the adjective appropriate ("fitting" or "suitable") have been with us since the 15th century, and expropriate has been a part of the language since at least 1611. Other proprius descendants in English include proper and property.
EXPROPRIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expropriate for English Language Learners
: to take (someone's property)
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