unseat

verb
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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McALLEN, Texas — Ted Cruz, the firebrand Republican senator, and Beto O’Rourke, the ex-punk rocker turned Democratic congressman trying to unseat him, don’t agree on much. Washington Post, "Ground Game: Will family separation outcry hurt Texas GOP?," 29 June 2018 The investigation has made Garcia politically vulnerable, giving the interest groups and other candidates a lane to openly attack the three-term incumbent in hopes of unseating her this year. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "She was a #MeToo leader. After sexual harassment accusations, she is fighting to be reelected," 29 May 2018 What this means for you: Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, is one of about a dozen Democratic Party candidates (so far) vying to unseat Donald Trump for the U.S. presidency. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google and undo their acquisitions," 8 Mar. 2019 She was always considered an major longshot to unseat incumbent Cuomo, even though his administration has been dogged by corruption scandals. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "With Letitia James' Primary Win, New York Could See Its First Black Female Attorney General," 14 Sep. 2018 As protests culminating in violent confrontations with police and mass arrests have grown, opposition parties — many of them Yameen's own former political partners — formed an alliance in exile with the aim of unseating him. Bharatha Mallawarachi, Fox News, "Maldivian authorities assure free vote amid fears of rigging," 22 Sep. 2018 In Oklahoma's Fifth District, Democrat Kendra Horn, a former political consultant and first-time candidate, will try to unseat GOP Representative Steve Russell this fall. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Florida's Wait for a Woman Governor Continues, but Diversity Still Wins," 29 Aug. 2018 Four Democrats were on the ballot Tuesday fighting for a chance to unseat her this fall. Christine Mai-duc, latimes.com, "Rep. Mimi Walters will face Katie Porter in central Orange County's 45th District," 6 June 2018 The top Democratic contenders to unseat him include Josh Harder, a former technology venture capitalist; Virginia Madueño, the former mayor of the small city of Riverbank; and Sue Zwahlen, an emergency room nurse. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Californians Go to Polls With High Stakes and Some High Anxiety," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of unseat

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unseat

verb

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

unseat

verb
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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