re·​pos·​sess | \ ˌrē-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses How to pronounce repossess (audio) \
repossessed; repossessing; repossesses

Definition of repossess

transitive verb

1a : to regain possession of
b : to take possession of (something bought) from a buyer in default of the payment of installments due
2 : to restore to possession

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Other Words from repossess

repossession \ ˌrē-​pə-​ˈze-​shən How to pronounce repossession (audio) also  -​ˈse-​ \ noun
repossessor \ ˌrē-​pə-​ˈze-​sər How to pronounce repossessor (audio) also  -​ˈse-​ \ noun

Examples of repossess in a Sentence

The bank repossessed her truck. if you don't pay off the loan, the bank will come and repossess your car
Recent Examples on the Web As the story goes, the royal official of the King of England attempted to repossess Connecticut’s royal charter during a meeting on Nov. 1, 1687. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "The Charter Oak legend persists, but what about its forgotten monument in Hartford?," 21 Sep. 2019 The next month, in November of 2017, the Department of Justice fined Wells for illegally repossessing cars from military personnel. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Wells Fargo’s New CEO Charlie Scharf Spent 25 Years Learning From Jamie Dimon—Now He’s Taking Him On," 2 Oct. 2019 The DA’s Office was contacted however, did not wish to accept charges due the occupants claiming the vehicle had been repossessed. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 11 Nov. 2019 The thought her car might be repossessed was frightening. NBC News, "5 financial things every breast cancer patient needs to know — and probably doesn't," 21 Oct. 2019 As medical bills mounted, the family feared losing their home and one of their cars was repossessed. Los Angeles Times, "Elizabeth Warren’s long path from Oklahoma to Harvard," 22 Sep. 2019 Wells Fargo has admitted to illegally repossessing the vehicles of hundreds of service members. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wells Fargo has a new boss. His first task is taming Washington," 3 Oct. 2019 His family sells repossessed vehicles at auction in Delaware. CBS News, "Can a middle-class budget buy a new American car? Probably not," 22 Nov. 2019 Some of those auto borrowers ultimately had their vehicles repossessed. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wells Fargo has a new boss. His first task is taming Washington," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of repossess

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Feb 2020

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“Repossess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of repossess

: to take (something) back from a buyer because payments are not being made


transitive verb
re·​pos·​sess | \ ˌrē-pə-ˈzes How to pronounce repossess (audio) \

Legal Definition of repossess

: to regain possession of especially : to take possession of again by judicial process or self-help upon default of the payment of installments due — compare foreclose, seize sense 2

Other Words from repossess

repossessor \ -​ˈze-​sər How to pronounce repossessor (audio) \ noun

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