oust

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verb \ˈau̇st\

Definition of oust

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. The rebels ousted the dictator from power.

  2. Large national banks are ousting local banks in many communities.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of oust

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

OUST Defined for English Language Learners

oust

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verb \ˈau̇st\

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

oust

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verb \ˈau̇st\

Definition of oust for Students

ousted

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ousting

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



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