\ 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.

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He was abruptly ousted from his job the next work day. Washington Post, "Emails show Iowa official’s Tupac fixation before his ouster," 16 July 2019 In 2016 Arpaio was ousted from his position as sheriff after 24 years. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 Scott Pelley, who seemed well-suited for the role at the outset, was ousted in May 2017 after the previous management regime soured on him. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Norah O'Donnell Takes on the Mission of the 'CBS Evening News'," 15 July 2019 Mayors have been ousted, planning documents rewritten, campaigns waged over the very thought of turning prime real estate back into dunes and beaches. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Can Coastal California Adapt to Climate Change?," 15 July 2019 Arpaio in 2016 was ousted from his position as sheriff after 24 years. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Joe Arpaio 2020 billboards pop up, but is he actually running?," 14 July 2019 Mr Cetinkaya was apparently ousted for refusing the president’s request to lower interest rates. The Economist, "Business this week," 13 July 2019 Jill McDonald was ousted as the head of Marks & Spencer’s fashion business. Fortune, "A VC Community Introduces a Gender Quota: The Broadsheet," 12 July 2019 This past season, Houston was ousted in the second round by the Warriors. Tim Reynolds, baltimoresun.com, "Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul, picks in another NBA blockbuster," 12 July 2019

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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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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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