expropriate was our Word of the Day on 10/02/2014. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
An arbitration panel under the International Chamber of Commerce in late April found that Venezuela under the leadership of then-President Hugo Chavez in 2007 had illegally expropriated joint venture operations with ConocoPhillips.
Lawmakers have started the process of changing the constitution to allow the government to expropriate property without paying for it.
Dutton's remarks came in the aftermath of plans from new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that would allow farm lands to be expropriated without compensation and redistributed.
Still, there’s little precedent for a .com domain being expropriated by a country.
Despite the court ruling four years ago, the Resmi Gazete – which publishes laws and official announcements – said in 2016 the government would expropriate land in the mountains where the Konaktepe dam was going to be built.
Today’s ‘human rights’ as formulated by the U.N. include the sacred right of a state to expropriate a power plant.
Ironically, the family's home in Windsor was expropriated and demolished to make room for it.
South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress, has proposed a constitutional amendment to expropriate land without paying the landowners.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'expropriate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up expropriate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).