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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As many as two dozen candidates or more could soon be canvassing Iowa’s 99 counties, holding rallies and working the living rooms and small-town restaurants in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, aiming to unseat President Trump. ... Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Coming Soon to Iowa: Lots and Lots of Democratic Contenders," 21 Dec. 2018 Motivated by an urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field, Democrats see little incentive to delay or downplay their 2020 presidential hopes. Juana Summers, The Seattle Times, "Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids," 13 Nov. 2018 O'Rourke — who has drawn national attention for his effort to unseat Cruz, a Tea Party darling — trailed Cruz by 11 points in a late May poll released by Quinnipiac University. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Donald Trump or Beto O'Rourke: Who will motivate Texas Democrats more?," 18 June 2018 Dan Kohl will get more Democratic Party support in his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) in the 6th Congressional District. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glenn Grothman challenger Dan Kohl gets boost from Democrats in 6th Congressional District race," 15 June 2018 The #Resistance, by contrast, is partisan by definition: It’s made up overwhelming of Democrats who want to unseat President Donald Trump, with perhaps a smidgen of Never Trump Republicans. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "On #MeToo and Democrats’ Moral Authority," 18 May 2018 Javier Manjarres is showing some financial strength in his effort to unseat congressman Ted Deutch – a sign the race could be the best funded challenge since Deutch was first elected in 2010. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ted Deutch's challenger shows some political fundraising muscle," 20 Apr. 2018 The Democratic National Committee is sending money to Maryland to help the state party’s efforts to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan and his Republican colleagues in other offices this year. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Democratic National Committee sends $85K to Maryland to help challenge Gov. Hogan, other Republicans," 28 Mar. 2018 The San Diego Democrat takes the reins from Sen. Kevin de León, who terms out of the Senate at the end of the year and is in the midst of a political coup effort to unseat veteran US Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "He wants to save the California GOP with help from Arnold Schwarzenegger | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Mar. 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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