un·​seat | \ ˌən-ˈsēt How to pronounce unseat (audio) \
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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Bush, Vilela, and Swearengin all came up short in their efforts to unseat establishment Dems, but their stories are an essential part of looking at a midterm cycle that included historic numbers of women and women of color running and winning. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's AOC Documentary, “Knock Down the House,” Might Make You Want to Riot," 1 May 2019 Bouchard's reluctance suggests that Moonves and CBS' effort to unseat the Redstones might be an uphill climb. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "Leslie Moonves helped make CBS a TV juggernaut, but the brawl over a Viacom merger could lead to his exit," 18 May 2018 But their efforts to unseat the top Republican in Austin — Gov. Greg Abbott — so far have fallen far short of the hype. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Despite Blue Wave, Dems running far behind in cash race for governor," 4 Mar. 2018 James Davies of South Milwaukee and Steven Shea of Cudahy are vying to unseat Sartori in the spring election. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Majority of Milwaukee County Board supervisors will not face challengers in April 3 elections," 2 Jan. 2018 Santa Clara County voters recalled Persky in a June 2018 election after a campaign to unseat him raised more than $2 million. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "‘Emily Doe’ victim of ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to write memoir," 6 June 2019 Incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock is vying for his third term while challenger Jamie Giellis, who forced a runoff, is trying to unseat him. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "It’s Election Day, Part 2, in Denver and there’s still time to vote.," 4 June 2019 Underwood, who is African-American and 32 years old, is attempting to unseat a white man in his 50s. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The 16 most interesting House races of 2018," 6 Nov. 2018 Trump was in Missouri in support of state Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican who is attempting to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat. Fox News, "Stumping in Missouri, Trump says he'll clear out ‘lingering stench’ at FBI, DOJ," 21 Sep. 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 How to pronounce unseat (audio) \
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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