Definition of oust
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
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 of oust from the Web
Manafort's work in Ukraine continued at least through the beginning of 2014, when Yanukovych's government was ousted amid protests of widespread corruption and his rejection of a European trade deal in favor of one with Moscow.
The Taliban has been waging a guerrilla war against Kabul for more than a decade — ever since being ousted from power by a U.S. invasion in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11.
Flynn has been under scrutiny since being ousted from the administration.
The group, which was ousted by a U.S.-led military coalition following the attacks of September 11, 2001, has remained a major threat to the Afghan government and has grown in strength in recent years.
Moon, a liberal, is now working with Cabinet members who were appointed by his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who was ousted from office in March over a corruption scandal.
The onetime U.S. ally was ousted as Panama's dictator by an American invasion in 1989.
With such divorces, which are available only to men, husbands can oust their wives from their homes, usually without any alimony or other financial support, leaving the women with few resources or prospects.
Rancho Bernardo senior Steve Sugimoto, who was ousted in the same playoff, helped the Broncos (389) place sixth in the 10-school field.
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Synonym Discussion of oust
OUST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oust for English Language Learners
: to cause or force (someone or something) to leave a position of power, a competition, etc.
: to take the place of (someone or something)
OUST Defined for Kids
Definition of oust for Students
: to force or drive out (as from office or from possession of something)
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