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dispossess

[dis-puh-zes] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs/
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.
Origin of dispossess
1425-1475
1425-75; dis-1 + possess; replacing Middle English disposseden, equivalent to dis-1 + posseden (< Old French posseder) < Latin possidēre; see possess
Related forms
dispossession, noun
dispossessor, noun
dispossessory
[dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
1. See strip1 .
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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.

    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 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.

    The Dawn of Reason James Weir
  • They are the sons of those who have often tried to dispossess you of your lands.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
  • Help pick up Pierre's coffin and carry it, when he was about to dispossess Pierre's son?

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • So he said, 'And is it known to ye how to dispossess the wearer of his burden?'

  • I could not dispossess her of it, even after uttering the word 'duel' I know not how often.

  • Probably at no period did he aspire after supremacy, or expect to dispossess Cecil.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for dispossess

dispossess

/ˌdɪspəˈzɛs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
Derived Forms
dispossession, noun
dispossessor, noun
dispossessory, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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