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

Other Words from repossess

repossession \ ˌrē-​pə-​ˈze-​shən How to pronounce repossess (audio) also  -​ˈse-​ \ noun
repossessor \ ˌrē-​pə-​ˈze-​sər How to pronounce repossess (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 Unable to repossess their planes, lessors are now trying to recoup their losses from insurers. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 But lessors have few options to repossess planes within Russia, especially after Russian airlines like Aeroflot have halted almost all their international flights to protect their planes from seizure. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 An attempt to repossess an Aeroflot A321neo in Egypt early this month narrowly failed, with the aircraft hastily returning to Russia via a Mediterranean and Turkish route. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 And aircraft leasing companies, which own about 80% of the nearly 900 commercial planes in Russia's fleet, have been ordered to repossess those planes by the end of this month. Chris Isidore, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Earlier this year, citing safety concerns, Columbia moved to repossess the building. Ian Volner, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 Happy already employs other great tools, such as using humor to relax with new partners, and telling himself the golf gods can loan you the perfect draw one day and repossess it the next. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2021 If the business doesn’t maintain the pots and/or do not replant them next year, the Town reserves the right to repossess them., 14 July 2021 On one occasion, workers from a local furniture company arrived to repossess its property, only to find the building empty. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of repossess

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

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“Repossess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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 repossess (audio) \ noun

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