- to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
- to banish.
- to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
Origin of dispossess
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1. See strip1.
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Examples from the Web for dispossess
But she could not dispossess herself of the belief that he was guilty.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
"You, personally, began this dispossess action," said Mr. Stanley.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
They had a fascination for her, and she could not dispossess her mind of the thought that she had seen them before.Peak's Island
If he finds I have the right to continue in the farm, he would not wish to dispossess me.The Rival Crusoes
Finally, it occurred to me to dispossess the dog and take his place beneath the bush.The Dawn of Reason
- (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Word Origin and History for dispossess
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