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 If Democrats manage to unseat their opponents in the Jan. 5 runoffs, the Senate will be divided 50-50 and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can break any tie votes in favor of Democrats. Bill Allison, Bloomberg.com, "Democrat Ossoff’s Fundraising Tops $106 Million In Georgia Senate Race," 24 Dec. 2020 Warnock is running to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in next month’s special election runoff. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Raphael Warnock labeled senators 'gangsters and thugs' for passing 2017 tax cuts," 15 Dec. 2020 Malone served on many San Diego boards and commissions and even ran to unseat City Councilman Bill Mitchell, a slow-growth advocate, in 1981. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Was Todd Gloria destined to be San Diego’s mayor?," 11 Dec. 2020 Ossoff is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent David Perdue in the contest, while Warnock is running against GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Biden heading to Georgia to stump for Ossoff and Warnock," 10 Dec. 2020 Warnock is vying to unseat Loeffler in one of two runoff elections for Georgia’s Senate seats. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Warnock compared America to communist Cuba, said Fidel Castro had 'complex' legacy in resurfaced video," 10 Dec. 2020 Now, with the Senate and Joe Biden’s agenda on the line, the San Francisco resident wants to move to Georgia to volunteer for the two Democrats running to unseat a pair of Republicans in January. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Californians prepare to descend on Georgia to fight for Democrats in Senate races," 16 Nov. 2020 Aramis Sundiata, an organizer with the People’s Justice Project, worked on Morgan Harper’s primary campaign this spring to unseat Democratic Representative Joyce Beatty in Ohio’s Third District, which covers east, central, and west Columbus. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Republic, "Living With White Supremacy in a Swing State," 19 Oct. 2020 Leland is running to unseat Kristine Howard, who won her seat in 2018. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "Does Door-Knocking Matter?," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Unseat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseat. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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