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dispossess

[dis-puh-zes]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
  2. to banish.
  3. to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
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Origin of dispossess

1425–75; dis-1 + possess; replacing Middle English disposseden, equivalent to dis-1 + posseden (< Old French posseder) < Latin possidēre; see possess
Related formsdis·pos·ses·sion, noundis·pos·ses·sor, noundis·pos·ses·so·ry [dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/, adjective

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1. See strip1.
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Examples from the Web for dispossess

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

    Ford Paul

  • If he finds I have the right to continue in the farm, he would not wish to dispossess me.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Finally, it occurred to me to dispossess the dog and take his place beneath the bush.


British Dictionary definitions for dispossess

dispossess

verb
  1. (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Derived Formsdispossession, noundispossessor, noundispossessory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dispossess

v.

late 15c., from Old French despossesser "to dispossess," from des- (see dis-) + possesser (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossessing.

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