\ ˈau̇st How to pronounce oust (audio) \
ousted; ousting; ousts

Definition of oust

transitive verb

1a : to remove from or dispossess of property or position by legal action, by force, or by the compulsion of necessity The rebels ousted the dictator from power.
b : to take away (something, such as a right or authority) : bar, remove The states do not like attempts by Congress to oust their jurisdiction.
2 : to take the place of : supplant must be careful that quantity does not oust quality— R. V. Williams

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eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action. ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical. a student expelled from college oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion. police ousted the squatters evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home. evicted for nonpayment of rent

Examples of oust in a Sentence

The rebels ousted the dictator from power. Large national banks are ousting local banks in many communities.
Recent Examples on the Web Rajapaksa attempted to oust Mahinda as prime minister. Hafeel Farisz, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 But a unilateral move by Spirit management to fly alone would likely result in lawsuits from shareholders and a movement to oust both CEO Ted Christie and the board of directors. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 13 July 2022 In 2019, a book by an anonymous administration official recounted that senior White House officials believed that Mr. Pence would go along with invoking the amendment to oust Mr. Trump. New York Times, 10 June 2022 Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is making a plea to supporters to fight back against a recall attempt to oust him from office as his opponents edge closer to bringing the matter before voters. Fox News, 1 July 2022 In a no-confidence vote this month, 41 percent of his Conservative colleagues voted to oust him, and the party chair has quit. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Even so, Pompeo, who was at the State Department that day, does not believe Trump's involvement warranted attempts to oust him from office using the 25th Amendment. Sean Conlon, CBS News, 24 June 2022 Trump’s attempts to oust them for refusing to side with his push to overturn the 2020 election. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Compounding all this is dissatisfaction with the ruling Conservative Party and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been beset by scandals and survived a vote to oust him earlier this month by an uncomfortably slim margin. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oust

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for oust

Middle English, from Anglo-French oster, ouster to take off, remove, oust, from Late Latin obstare to ward off, from Latin, to stand in the way, from ob- in the way + stare to stand — more at ob-, stand

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“Oust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oust. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈau̇st How to pronounce oust (audio) \
ousted; ousting

Kids Definition of oust

: to force or drive out (as from office or from possession of something)

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