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

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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 Enter our cynical protagonist who used to repossess organs and is now being hunted for his heart. Washington Post, "Let’s talk about ‘Starship Troopers’ and other science fiction and fantasy novels that became great films," 23 Feb. 2021 In March 2008, her lender, Peoples Trust, represented by Ms. Wallis, began proceedings to repossess the property. New York Times, "A Vast Web of Vengeance," 30 Jan. 2021 In the spring, banks stopped calling him to repossess cars after their owners fell behind on payments. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Covid Threw People’s Finances Into Disarray: ‘It Doesn’t Look Pretty’," 24 Dec. 2020 Cooper said such people can ask their bank to repossess their vehicles in order to remove the barrier to SNAP benefits. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio Food Bank, ‘the only option’ for many needy families, expects heavy demand well into 2021.," 14 Dec. 2020 When a buyer falls behind on their loan payments, the lender usually has the right to repossess the home and resell it in a foreclosure sale. Jeff Manning, oregonlive, "Home flipper at center of Red House controversy says he’s ready to sell the house back," 11 Dec. 2020 Perdita Weeks, Jay Hernandez) repossess a plane for a client when a drug cartel opens fire, forcing them to crash land in the jungle in this new episode of the rebooted action series. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘MacGyver’; ‘Disney Holiday House Party’," 10 Dec. 2020 Two people were attempting to repossess a vehicle at a residence when the owner exited his house and threatened them with a handgun. Washington Post, "Maryland crime report," 11 Nov. 2020 In the worst-case scenario, if there is no forbearance from lenders, banks could call in loans and repossess assets. Jack Sidders,, "Landlords in Peril as Chains Like H&M Refuse to Pay Rent," 13 May 2020

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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 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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