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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Almost immediately, President Iván Duque reached out to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whose nine-month campaign to unseat Maduro has stalled amid the refusal of Venezuela’s military to abandon the embattled leader. Washington Post, "Colombian rebels’ rearming ups pressure for Maduro," 30 Aug. 2019 Her candidacy is supported by Justice Democrats, a grassroots progressive group that made headlines for supporting New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s insurgent (and successful) campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Joe Crowley. Caitlin Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Why This Texas Democrat Is Running for Congress Against Her Former Boss," 20 Aug. 2019 The Dallas Republican, who served two terms in the Texas House before being ousted last year, has announced her campaign to unseat first-term Democrat Ana-Maria Ramos. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "New Dallas Republican wants Allred's seat, Texas House drama, Democratic debate tonight," 30 July 2019 Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been staging a high-profile campaign to unseat Museveni, one of Africa's longest-serving presidents. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Ugandan pop star-turned-policitian Bobi Wine says he's running for president," 24 July 2019 Democrats poured millions into campaigns to unseat GOP Reps. WSJ, "New York Gov. Cuomo Easily Wins Re-Election," 6 Nov. 2018 This exhilarating discourse on how white people see black people and how black people think white people see black people is meant to unseat those who occupy society’s comfort zone. Washington Post, "This play aims to make you uncomfortable. And that’s a good thing.," 18 Sep. 2019 While Giannis has become the first hooper to unseat LeBron James in SI’s Top 100 rankings as the best player in the NBA, the 2010s were really only the start of what promises to be an epic career. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Third Team," 16 Sep. 2019 Rather than pursue recalls, Republicans should build momentum to unseat leftist legislators by volunteering, contributing financially or running for office. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: It’s time to change the recall," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 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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