Definition of expropriate
1 : to deprive of possession or proprietary rights
2 : to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession
expropriatorplay \ek-ˈsprō-prē-ˌā-tər\ noun
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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 government expropriated factories, too, and Venezuela’s domestic food production plummeted.
Soon after, women living on these parcels began organizing, and in 2009 about 500 from all over the country protested in front of Parliament to demand equal rights to ownership, and compensation if land was expropriated.
Populists Pay Venezuela has expropriated more than a half dozen foreign companies and is by some estimates caught in its own period of hyperinflation.
President Jacob Zuma has spent the past month stoking new controversy over proposals to expropriate land, largely from white large-scale farmers.
Mexico expropriated the country’s oil industry in 1938 and kicked out foreign oil companies, a move celebrated by Mexicans as a seminal act of sovereignty.
In response, Venezuela expropriated the assets of both companies.
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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
Medieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare, from Latin ex- + proprius own
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
EXPROPRIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expropriate for English Language Learners
: to take (someone's property)
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