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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
The Communist Party expropriated private businesses in the 1950s.
In the 1980s, the Japanese government expropriated Ainu land along the Saru to build two dams: Kayano took the government to court.
That site flooded in 2005 and was rebuilt, only to have the land expropriated and the building bulldozed in 2011 to make way for the University Medical Center-Veterans Affairs hospital complex.
Democracies rarely expropriate
DeGroot did not say whether officials would exercise eminent domain, which is the right of government to expropriate private property for public use, with payment to the owner.
Large foundations expropriated the wealth of the Pahlavis and tens of thousands of affluent Iranians to provide the poor with housing and health care.
Bolshevik headquarters occupied one of the city’s fanciest mansions, which the revolutionaries had expropriated from its owner, a ballerina named Matilda Kshesinskaya.
Omar Marrero, the ports director in Puerto Rico, said the government had a right to expropriate shipments.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of expropriate
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
Synonymsarrogate, commandeer, convert, appropriate, pirate, preempt, press, seize, take over, usurp
Related Wordsannex, attach, claim, confiscate, impound, repossess, sequester; assume, collar, grab, grasp, snatch, steal, wrench, wrest; despoil, loot, pillage; encroach, infringe, invade, occupy, preoccupy, trespass; embezzle, misapply, misappropriate, misuse, peculate
Near Antonymscede, deliver, forfeit, give up, hand over, release, relinquish, render, surrender, turn over, yield
EXPROPRIATE Defined for English Language Learners
legal Definition of expropriate
expropriationplay \ek-ˌsprō-prē-ˈā-shən\ noun
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