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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rouda ran a heated contest to unseat the incumbent, former congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and won in a landslide. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, "Mike Bloomberg's philanthropy pays dividends with emerging political network," 14 Feb. 2020 Both woman want to unseat conservative Massie who has represented the district for seven years. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "'We need representation that looks and feels like us,' Candidate vies for Dem nomination to unseat Rep. Thomas Massie in 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 Axne, a freshman Democrat who unseated a Republican incumbent, hails from the kind of swing district that was key to the party’s takeover of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, and will be crucial to its continued control. BostonGlobe.com, "After berating reporter, Pompeo says she lied," 25 Jan. 2020 After the 1911 revolution that unseated the Qing Dynasty, the Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Mongols resisted Chinese rule with varying degrees of success. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Taiwan’s Election Rebuked Xi Jinping," 23 Jan. 2020 Bad Bunny nabbed his first-ever No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, unseating Ozuna, who had ruled the list for 21 consecutive weeks with his albums Aura and Odisea. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Breaking Down The 2020 Grammys Nominees For Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album," 21 Jan. 2020 Klobuchar was listing female politicians who had unseated Republican incumbents, and mentioned female Democratic governor Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but appeared to get tongue-tied when looking to name Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Who were the winners and losers in the January Democratic debate?," 15 Jan. 2020 But all eyes will be on Republican challenger Jeanne Ives, of Wheaton, who nearly unseated then-Gov. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Chicago’s ex-top breaks silence, issues statement via lawyer denying he purposely misled mayor, public," 2 Dec. 2019 The result is the GT40, the loveliest Ford ever, which unseated Ferrari to take first, second, and third place at Le Mans in 1966 (then won again in 1967, 1968, and 1969). Wired, "Ford v Ferrari Overlooks the Best Part of the Racing Rivalry," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unseat

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unseat was in 1596

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18 Feb 2020

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“Unseat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseat. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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