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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Last spring, with the midterms on the horizon, Sawyer, a Democrat, decided to give politics a try, launching a campaign to unseat state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, in a purple district in the Houston area. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office," 12 July 2018 Inspired by Hegar's story, donations have poured into the Texas Democrat's campaign to unseat Rep. John Carter, a Republican who has been in Congress since 2003. Mary Jordan, Anchorage Daily News, "Women candidates find their weapon: a viral ad that captures their 'magic'," 8 July 2018 Madaleno is one of seven candidates running to unseat incumbent Republican governor Larry Hogan, who is not mentioned in the ad. Eli Meixler, Time, "'Take That, Trump.' Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Includes Same-Sex Kiss in Campaign Ad," 8 June 2018 Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee running to unseat Abbott in November, is among those who disagree. Mike Ward, San Antonio Express-News, "Abbott on narrow path to school safety," 31 May 2018 Dan Helmer, a former Army officer and Rhodes scholar who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is running to unseat Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th congressional district. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Bin Laden was 'greatest threat' to democracy. Now it's Trump, Democrat's ad says," 31 May 2018 But not long after he was paroled, Mr. Grimm began plotting his comeback bid to unseat Mr. Donovan, the former Staten Island district attorney who had replaced him in Washington. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Dan Donovan, Aided by Trump, Holds Off Michael Grimm in G.O.P. Primary," 26 June 2018 Kelli Ward, who is running in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, publicly praised Paul Nehlen in 2016 and 2017, including supporting Nehlen's unsuccessful 2016 primary bid to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin. Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, "GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward disavows anti-Semite Paul Nehlen," 13 June 2018 Nevada Democrats will formally pick their candidate in their bid to unseat Sen. Dean Heller. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Voters head to the polls in Virginia, Nevada, Maine, and South Carolina.," 11 June 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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