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 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 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 The police were able to confirm that five of the samples were missing after repossessing the vehicle. Fox News, "Coronavirus test samples stolen in Chicago from lab tech’s vehicle at gas station," 11 Apr. 2020 The proceeds, minus the expenses of repossessing and preparing the car, are applied to your loan. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Contribution deadline for IRAs pushed back to July," 4 Apr. 2020 During the disagreement between the two parties, the dealership attempted to have the new car repossessed. cleveland, "Freeway hit-skip driver arrested on Chagrin Boulevard: Beachwood police blotter," 21 Apr. 2020 Other crises involve a bank representative who has been injured while trying to repossess a home, and an assistant who suffers a mishap while making a lunch run. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday, March 16: ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ on CBS," 15 Mar. 2020 Her mother was forced to work and the family car was repossessed. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "Pete Buttigieg, comic-book hero: How one company is bringing the Democratic candidates’ stories to life in pictures," 29 Feb. 2020 In some cases, Wells Fargo borrowers even had their vehicles wrongfully repossessed. Matt Egan, CNN, "US government fines Wells Fargo $3 billion for its 'staggering' fake-accounts scandal," 21 Feb. 2020 James Charles made the move after a member of his sales team went to repossess a woman’s car, WBTV reports. USA TODAY, "Mammoth Cave sharks, waterfall chasing, Valentine’s divorce: News from around our 50 states," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of repossess

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

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23 May 2020

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“Repossess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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