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.
Recent Examples on the Web At issue is a July 25 call in which Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat running to unseat Mr. Trump, and his son, Hunter Biden. CBS News, ""Print his name!": At Trump rally, Rand Paul urges media to reveal the whistleblower," 5 Nov. 2019 Its residents, among others in Milwaukee, may well prove to be the key to Democrats’ hopes of winning the battleground state of Wisconsin and unseating Donald Trump in the presidential election. Caleb Gayle, The New Republic, "Inside the “Most Incarcerated” Zip Code in the Country," 15 Oct. 2019 Giuliani was trying to get Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden, the former vice president who is seeking to unseat Trump in 2020. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Democrats: Trump's former Ukraine envoy offered key evidence in impeachment inquiry," 3 Oct. 2019 While the candidates are vying for the chance to unseat Trump in 2020, Democratic leaders in Congress have initiated an inquiry focusing on a different question entirely - whether to remove him from office before then. Sean Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Trump impeachment proceedings throw 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns abruptly off track," 2 Oct. 2019 As primary season heats up in the United States, the Democrats are anxiously debating the best path to unseat Donald Trump in 2020. Shira Lurie, Quartz, "Will Trump concede if he loses in 2020?," 17 Sep. 2019 Joe Walsh, a former tea-party-backed, one-term congressman from Illinois, on Sunday joined Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, on the lonely road to try to unseat President Donald Trump. Will Weissert, Fortune, "Why Republicans Running Against Trump Won’t Get Much Help From Their Party," 26 Aug. 2019 Joe Walsh, a former tea-party-backed, one-term congressman from Illinois, on Sunday joined Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, on the lonely road to try to unseat President Donald Trump. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump seeks to avoid primary challenge and repeat of history," 26 Aug. 2019 Sanders, who outlined his climate change plan during a visit to Chico last week, told party activists in San Francisco that the election wasn’t just about unseating Trump. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Democrats sounding less aspirational, more confrontational," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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unseat

verb
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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

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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