oust

verb \ ˈau̇st \

Definition of oust

transitive verb
1 a :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

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.

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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

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

verb

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

verb \ ˈau̇st \

Definition of oust for Students

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


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