\ 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 Trump headlined three Louisiana rallies to oust Edwards, first in Lake Charles on the eve of the Oct. 12 primary election and then in Monroe and Bossier City during the runoff campaign. Greg Hilburn, USA TODAY, "Louisiana's John Bel Edwards wins reelection to remain Deep South's only Democratic governor," 17 Nov. 2019 In what has turned into a rivalry of sorts, Cathedral needed five sets to oust Lawrence North for a sectional championship. Jack Williams, Indianapolis Star, "Cathedral volleyball clinches second straight sectional title over Lawrence North," 20 Oct. 2019 Clear Springs rode a crazy 35-0 fourth quarter to oust Dickinson in a 35-28 win last year. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Friday night highlights: 6 straight for Dickinson," 18 Oct. 2019 In April 2018, Carson was ousted in favor of Bates Motel showrunner Kerry Ehrin. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside Apple's Long, Bumpy Road to Hollywood," 15 Oct. 2019 West — well-known in Dallas-Fort Worth political circles — is facing a crowd of Democrats eager to oust U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the longtime Republican incumbent from San Antonio. Dallas News, "Against fresh faces in race to unseat John Cornyn, Dallas' Royce West says his record sets him apart," 28 July 2019 His last big move involved firing half of Sunbeam’s 12,000 employees in 1996—only to be ousted 23 months later with Sunbeam’s finances in tatters. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The short but destructive history of mass layoffs," 12 July 2019 Kim Nalder, a political science professor at Cal State Sacramento, questioned the viability of any billionaire at a time when Democrats are aching to oust the one now serving as president. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Tom Steyer joins swarm of Democrats running for president," 9 July 2019 There seem to be two factions here: one content to co-exist with humans, all-seeing but never seen, and the other intent on destroying the human race for ousting them from their original home. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn," 23 June 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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22 Nov 2019

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“Oust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ousting. Accessed 22 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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