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verb (used with object)
  1. to expel or remove from a place or position occupied: The bouncer ousted the drunk; to oust the prime minister in the next election.
  2. Law. to eject or evict; dispossess.
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Origin of oust

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French ouster to remove, Old French oster < Latin obstāre to stand in the way, oppose (ob- ob- + stāre to stand)
Related formsun·oust·ed, adjective

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1. eject, banish, evict, dislodge.
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  • She sought to oust them by thinking of any one else, of Aggie, of Joe.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Josie, of course, was prompt to oust Angie Tuthill from her place in the choir.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Shouldn't I like to see a new claimant come up and oust them after all!

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • He joined Pierson at her side, and made no effort to oust him.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Who would there be who could effectively contest his claim, or oust him from his place?

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for oust

oust

verb (tr)
  1. to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel
  2. property law to deprive (a person) of the possession of land
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Word Origin

C16: from Anglo-Norman ouster, from Latin obstāre to withstand, from ob- against + stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for oust

v.

early 15c., from Anglo-French oster (late 13c.), Old French oster "remove, take away, take off; evict, dispel; liberate, release" (Modern French ôter), from Latin obstare "stand before, be opposite, stand opposite to, block," in Vulgar Latin, "hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Ousted; ousting.

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