un·​seat | \ˌən-ˈsēt \
unseated; unseating; unseats

Definition of unseat 

transitive verb

1 : to dislodge from one's seat especially on horseback

2 : to remove from a place or position especially : to remove from political office

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Examples of unseat in a Sentence

He unseated an incumbent senator. The horse bucked and unseated its rider.

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The declaration comes as Democrats blame the outbreaks on past budget cuts and regulatory policies imposed by Scott, a Republican who is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Victoria Ballard, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gov. Scott declares state of emergency over algae bloom," 9 July 2018 Republicans are trying to unseat the state's senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, and maintain control of Congress. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018 Martin said the President also may stop in North Dakota to campaign with Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who's trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in a state Trump won by nearly 40 points. CNN, "Singapore summit will offer clues to Bolton-Pompeo power dynamics," 10 June 2018 The scandal had also dragged in Missouri's Republican Senate candidate, Josh Hawley, the state's attorney general, who is trying to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill. NBC News, "Missouri Gov. Greitens says he will resign amid sex, campaign finance scandals," 29 May 2018 This is especially true in districts where Democrats are trying to unseat a Republican incumbent. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Democrats, all that enthusiasm comes with risks," 20 Mar. 2018 Russia’s real goal, analysts said, was to replace the United States as the most engaged global power, while reshaping the diplomatic process to fit the military and political reality: President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents have failed to unseat him. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Syrian Peace Talks in Russia: 1,500 Delegates, Mostly Pro-Assad," 30 Jan. 2018 In a rare public protest, investors voted to unseat a longtime director at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. BBBY 2.65% and rejected the retailer’s executive compensation plan. Nishant Mohan, WSJ, "In a Rare Rebuke, Investors Vote to Oust Director at Bed Bath & Beyond," 29 June 2018 The author of The Art of the Pimp unseated three-term lawmaker James Oscarson to win the Republican primary in Nevada on Tuesday. Monique Judge, The Root, "From Pimping to Politics: Nevada Brothel Owner Wins GOP Primary," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of unseat

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unseat

: to remove (someone or something) from a position of power or authority

: to cause (someone) to fall from a seat or saddle


un·​seat | \ˌən-ˈsēt \
unseated; unseating

Kids Definition of unseat

1 : to remove from a position of authority The mayor was unseated in the election.

2 : to cause to fall from a seat or saddle

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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