re·​pos·​sess | \ˌrē-pə-ˈzes 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

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Other Words from repossess

repossession \ ˌrē-​pə-​ˈze-​shən also  -​ˈse-​ \ noun
repossessor \ ˌrē-​pə-​ˈze-​sər 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

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Keen, then 27, had been working for Warren’s used car dealership, Bargain Motors Inc. of West Palm Beach, helping to repossess cars. Chuck Weber,, "Evidence photos shed light on notorious killer clown case," 4 July 2018 Price: About $320,000 Bentley Bentayga: Given to Tyga by Kylie after his Ferrari was repossessed. Alex Heigl,, "Some of the Kars that Have Passed Through KarJenner Hands," 6 Apr. 2018 Sorry to Bother You, which opens in multiple cities July 6, stars Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius, a young man who takes a job at a telemarketing firm to help save his uncle’s (Terry Crews) house from being repossessed. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 The tow truck owner was described as a husband, father, and grandfather who frequently worked with Moczygemba repossessing vehicles. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Carjacking suspect kills owner, leads pursuit to Sugar Land," 7 July 2018 By 2014, when no other option existed than to repossess his cows, the Bureau of Land Management handed down orders to impound them. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 There were no suspects identified and officers did not suspect the vehicle had been repossessed. Andy Attina /,, "Woman arrested after fight at hospital: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 25 Apr. 2018 The bank said the policies could have contributed to about 27,000 customers having their cars repossessed after defaulting on their loans. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Wells Fargo Pays $1 Billion to Federal Regulators," 20 Apr. 2018 The dispute between the churches and the Israeli authorities also involves proposed legislation aimed at repossessing large tracts of land leased by the Greek Orthodox Church to the Israeli government nearly 70 years ago. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Sacred Jerusalem church to reopen after Israel backtracks on taxing properties," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of repossess

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

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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 \

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 \ noun

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