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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Progressive Democrats have vowed to unseat the I.D.C., despite a pledge by the group, announced in April by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, to dissolve, rejoin the main body of Senate Democrats and end its alliance with Republicans. New York Times, "John Liu Plots a Comeback Trail, Targeting a Renegade Democrat," 13 July 2018 May might survive as leader of the Conservatives, and thus prime minister, but she has been weakened by the cabinet resignations and there is a chance she could be unseated. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 The cash flow makes clear that O’Rourke’s longshot quest to unseat Cruz, whatever the outcome, has become a national contest of partisan passions drawing media and rooting interest from coast to coast. Kevin Diaz And Alejandra Matos, San Antonio Express-News, "O’Rourke vs. Cruz draws millions in contributions from outside of Texas," 11 July 2018 Experiences aren’t about to unseat travel as the most popular way United Airlines’ frequent flyers spend their miles, but the category is growing. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "The new way to use your airline miles: Bears tickets, fancy meals and a walk-on role in a movie," 10 July 2018 Buckhorn, was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton for president, is taking some heat from fellow Democrats, who accused Scott of pandering to Tampa voters in his quest to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Democratic Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn forges good relationship with Gov. Rick Scott — report," 9 July 2018 Kobayashi won the hot dog eating title (a title honored with the Mustard Belt) six straight years before being unseated by Joey Chestnut in 2007. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "How Joey Chestnut Dominates July 4, Tony Hawk's Other Major Talent and More," 6 July 2018 At least 10 other people have declared for the race or expressed interest, including incumbent Rahm Emanuel, the man Green wants to unseat. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Chicago Activist Rides Progressive Wave in Mayor's Race," 5 July 2018 After her victory in Tuesday's primary election, a lot of political commentators scrambled to figure out how a young socialist like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez managed to unseat 10-year incumbent Joe Crowley. Luke Darby, GQ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has a Message for Democrats: It's Time to Think Big," 30 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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