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

Examples of unseat in a Sentence

He unseated an incumbent senator. The horse bucked and unseated its rider.
Recent Examples on the Web Congressional candidate Holly McCormack, one of several Democrats running to unseat Greene in 2022, took a more lighthearted approach. Grayson Quay, The Week, 2 Jan. 2022 Among them are two current members of the Common Council and two candidates who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Barrett. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Dec. 2021 Arizona has moved into solidly purple territory and a crowded Republican primary field has lined up in an attempt to unseat Kelly. ABC News, 28 Dec. 2021 Rickard was talking about his own country, where spring elections could unseat Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 26 Dec. 2021 Even if a more liberal Democrat could unseat Manchin in a primary, that candidate would almost certainly get drubbed in the general election. Lincoln Mitchell, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 In 2018, Bowser endorsed Bussey-Reeder in her unsuccessful campaign to unseat Silverman on the council. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 Hoover cited that rule in his campaign this spring to unseat fellow Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2021 Seven other people have filed papers to unseat Villanueva. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of unseat

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jan 2022

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“Unseat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseat. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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