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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But others are welcome: This week’s offering will be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old democratic socialist who unseated the Democratic incumbent in a New York’s 14th congressional district last month. New York Times, "Margaret Hoover and John Avlon on their Post-Partisan Marriage," 11 July 2018 Such staying power atop the planet’s most popular sport is nothing short of miraculous, especially considering the ferocity of modern defenders, the temptations of becoming satisfied, and the desperation of rivals trying to unseat them. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Instead of Debating Messi vs. Ronaldo, Enjoy What Could Be Their World Cup Farewell," 14 June 2018 State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said city voters can’t trust either of her challengers seeking to unseat her in the June 26 Democratic primary election. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore state's attorney race heats up morning radio during second debate," 13 June 2018 Higdon has been the steadier hand, so Evans will need to unseat him for the larger share of the carries. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football running backs must find depth, pass protect better," 3 June 2018 Casey is widely favored, though Republicans hope to unseat him by duplicating Trump’s 2016 Pennsylvania victory. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta new target of conservative group," 24 May 2018 Still, there are some GOP leaders working behind the scenes to undermine Timken and try to unseat her in January. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: This Cincinnatian is trying to keep a savage primary from undoing Ohio's GOP," 27 Apr. 2018 But another opportunity opened at the State House when Representative Juana Matias — who unseated Devers in 2016 — opted against reelection to launch a bid for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’ open seat. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "William Lantigua is running — again," 19 Apr. 2018 Alcantara was meeting Friday with two victors in the Democratic primary: Leo Pacheco, who unseated state Rep. Tomas Uresti; and Tony Jimenez III, who will face Helen Petry Stowe in a runoff for the judicial seat in County Court at Law No. 1. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Transition looms for Bexar County Democrats," 9 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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