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 The Lib Dems held the seat until 2015, but fell more than 7,000 votes short of unseating Mr Blackford at the last election, two years ago. The Economist, "The battle for the biggest constituency in Britain," 30 Nov. 2019 The opposition celebrated the chance to go to a second round in December, in which their candidate, the right-wing former president Carlos Mesa, would have had a chance at unseating Morales. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Bolivian President Evo Morales Has Resigned After Nearly 14 Years in Power. Here's What to Know," 11 Nov. 2019 Hill, who is thirty-two, served just ten months in office, after unseating a Republican incumbent. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Terrorization of Katie Hill," 5 Nov. 2019 Several candidates have announced campaigns to challenge Collins in 2020, including GOP state Sens. Chris Jacobs and Rob Ortt as well as Democratic lawyer Nate McMurray, who came about 1,000 votes shy of unseating Collins last year. Author: Renae Merle, Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, "Republican N.Y. congressman resigns ahead of guilty plea to insider-trading charges," 30 Sep. 2019 Eight of the 20 states with recall laws on the books have criteria for unseating a lawmaker such as abuse of the office, misusing public funds, conviction of a crime. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: It’s time to change the recall," 12 Sep. 2019 Friday's gross includes an impressive $23 million in Thursday night previews, the best preview showing of all time for a PG pic after unseating Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ($22.2 million). Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'The Lion King' Bites Off Huge $78.5M Friday," 20 July 2019 O’Rourke fell just short of unseating Cruz in what would have been a major comeback for Democrats in a solid Republican state. latimes.com, "Julián Castro seizes on the border crisis in a bid to leapfrog Beto O’Rourke," 27 June 2019 Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked New York's political establishment by unseating longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary in June, cited the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Germany as countries with similar single-payer health systems. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Ocasio-Cortez: 'Medicare for all' would save 'very large amount of money,' despite studies showing $30T cost," 16 Sep. 2018

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Unseat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseating. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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 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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