\ˈau̇st \
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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Sorrell’s former company, WPP, which ousted him over alleged misconduct, also wanted to buy MediaMonks. David Meyer, Fortune, "Xiaomi Surge, Trade War and Tesla, Uber and Lime: CEO Daily for July 10, 2018," 10 July 2018 One risk is that Mrs. May faces a bid to oust her as leader by the anti-EU wing of her party. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Deciphering Brexit: Q&A on the Latest Twists and Turns," 10 July 2018 Shine spent 14 months off the public grid after Fox ousted him. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Fox executive Bill Shine joins White House as communications chief," 5 July 2018 Spacey became one of the first actors ousted from Hollywood as part of the #MeToo movement after revelations about Harvey Weinstein. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Kevin Spacey Accused Of Sexual Assault By 3 More Men," 4 July 2018 In 1916, armed with this critical information, Kettering rushed to the office of Billy Durant, who had just wrested control of General Motors back from the bankers who had ousted him years earlier. star-telegram, "Gasoline: Pump Us Up?," 28 Apr. 2018 After a closed-door vote failed to oust her, three male members behind the push – Klas Östergren, Kjell Espmark, and Peter Englund – themselves resigned. David Keyton And Jan M. Olsen, The Christian Science Monitor, "After sex-abuse scandal, protesters demand change on Nobel literature prize board," 20 Apr. 2018 The Missouri Supreme Court, which conducted the subsequent trial, convicted her of all three and ousted her from office. CBS News, "Impeaching embattled Missouri governor could be an uphill legal battle," 17 Apr. 2018 The estrangement became so wide that the secretary had recently been conducting his own crisis communications effort via his personal cell phone, telling reporters that there were political staffers working to oust him. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Shulkin blasts 'toxic, chaotic, disrespectful' Washington in farewell op-ed," 29 Mar. 2018

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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 \
ousted; ousting

Kids Definition of oust

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

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