\ 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 Two years later, California voters recalled Persky — the first time a sitting judge had been ousted by the people since 1932. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Judge Who Sentenced Brock Turner to 3 Months After Sex Assault Is Dismissed From Tennis Coach Job," 13 Sep. 2019 Yet the memo also states an appointee can take office as soon as they are appointed, replacing their predecessors, which would mean Scheeringa and Herr were ousted by Scott on Jan. 4. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "2 Central Florida expressway board members may not be eligible to serve," 17 Aug. 2019 Scouting report: After earning a league title, the Rams were on a six-game winning streak before being ousted in the playoffs by eventual champion Foothills Christian. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Ocean League prep football preview," 14 Aug. 2019 Snedeker's November opponent, Johns, beat incumbent Robert Horkay as part of a wave of Westfield candidates who are poised to oust three incumbents on the seven-member City Council. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Republican runs as an independent in Westfield City Council race," 1 Aug. 2019 The concerns have led several universities to oust researchers who are ethnic Chinese and return grant funds to NIH. Brian Owens, Science | AAAS, "Mystery surrounds ouster of Chinese researchers from Canadian laboratory," 19 July 2019 Culberson, who was ousted by freshman Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher in Houston, received $25,000 and had chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which oversees funding for private prisons. Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar among top recipients of campaign donations from private detention company PAC," 10 July 2019 Brenda Jenkins is Randa Covington, the 49-year-old perfectionist struggling to cope with being ousted from her job by a 31-year-old man. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "‘Savannah Sipping Society’ A Performance To Savor," 17 June 2019 Nissan ousted Ghosn as chairman three days after his initial arrest. Washington Post, "Why Ghosn’s Back in Jail and What It Says About Japan," 18 Sep. 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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The first known use of oust was in the 15th century

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25 Oct 2019

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“Oust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ousted. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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