\ 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 The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday night to oust Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump’s allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Time, "As Justice Department Claims U.S. Attorney Investigating Trump Allies Is 'Stepping Down,' Attorney Refuses to Leave His Post," 20 June 2020 For instance, driven by a desire to please Florida Republicans, Trump talked tough about his desire to oust Maduro throughout much of 2018. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asked China’s president for reelection help in 2020, Bolton writes in new book," 17 June 2020 Trump helped to oust Borges from his role as state chairman – even making calls to Ohio Republicans himself. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-Ohio Republican Party chairman leads super PAC to oust President Donald Trump," 17 June 2020 Never Trump Republicans are coordinating efforts to oust President Trump, even consulting with Democratic groups in a bid to deploy resources efficiently and compare notes on effective messaging strategy. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Never Trump Republicans collaborating with Democrats to elect Biden," 15 June 2020 The conflict erupted after the British firm told Bloomberg News the board of Arm China -- jointly owned by Arm and investors including China’s sovereign wealth fund -- voted to oust Chief Executive Officer Allen Wu. Ian King, Bloomberg.com, "SoftBank’s Arm Says China CEO Fired for Major Irregularities," 11 June 2020 Customers and others have called for a boycott of Parkside or said co-owner Bagwell should oust Dykes. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Birmingham’s Parkside Cafe vandalized amid controversy over George Floyd protests," 11 June 2020 This came four days after the U.S. Park Police and National Guard were ordered to forcibly oust peaceful protesters outside the White House to make way for a photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Trump posed a Bible. NBC News, "An angry nation prepares for a weekend of protests over George Floyd's death," 6 June 2020 But in a letter to Grassley last week, White House counsel Pat Cipollone underlined the president's authority to oust inspectors general without providing details about why the watchdogs were removed. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Grassley blocks 2 Trump nominees over refusal to explain watchdog firings," 4 June 2020

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oust

: to cause or force (someone or something) to leave a position of power, a competition, etc.
: to take the place of (someone or something)


\ 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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