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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In Virginia, Democrat Jennifer Wexton unseated Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock. Mary Jordan, The Seattle Times, "Record number of women appear headed for Congress," 6 Nov. 2018 Opposition parties also coordinated strategies and put forward candidates under alliances in an effort to maximize the chances of unseating members of the AKP. Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Seattle Times, "Turkey’s ruling party leads local elections but loses Ankara," 31 Mar. 2019 Wisconsin Democrats made a splash in 2018, finally unseating Walker and winning statewide races across the border; Democrat Josh Kaul also ousted Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Republicans are suddenly pushing “good governance” in states they lost power in.," 5 Dec. 2018 Many people carried through with promises to unseat troubling politicians, and that also builds hope in me. Michael Pincus, Teen Vogue, "Losing in the Midterm Elections Isn’t the End," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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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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