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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
In many cases, the Zimbabwean government expropriated land from white settlers and redistributed it to black residents.
The villagers accuse Israel of expropriating their lands in favor of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish.
Further, given the size of national debts, Piketty strongly advises countries to expropriate some of the one percents’ wealth, in addition to its income.
Oligarchs and other wealthy businessmen, mostly Ukrainian, lost billions of dollars in properties expropriated after annexation.
Democracies rarely expropriate; generally, voters want governments to uphold the rule of law.
Since the coup, Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 people, fired over 100,000 officials, expropriated hundreds of companies, and closed over 100 media outlets, all because of alleged connections to the plotters.
In the 1980s, the Japanese government expropriated Ainu land along the Saru to build two dams: Kayano took the government to court.
The Communist Party expropriated private businesses in the 1950s.
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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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