repossess

verb re·pos·sess \ ˌrē-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of repossess

repossessed; repossessing; repossesses
1 a : 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

repossession

play \ˌrē-pə-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\ noun

repossessor

play \ˌrē-pə-ˈze-sər also -ˈse-\ noun

Examples of repossess in a Sentence

  1. The bank repossessed her truck.

  2. if you don't pay off the loan, the bank will come and repossess your car

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First Known Use of repossess

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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REPOSSESS Defined for English Language Learners

repossess

Definition of repossess for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

repossess

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 2

repossessor

play \-ˈze-sər\ noun


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