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oust

[oust] /aʊst/
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.
Origin of oust
late Middle English
1375-1425
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 forms
unousted, adjective
Synonyms
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

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