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[ree-puh-zes] /ˌri pəˈzɛs/
verb (used with object)
to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
to put again in possession of something:
to repossess the Bourbons of their throne.
Origin of repossess
First recorded in 1485-95; re- + possess
Related forms
repossessable, adjective
[ree-puh-zesh-uh n] /ˌri pəˈzɛʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
repossessor, noun
unrepossessed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for repossession
Historical Examples
  • As the French had supposed they could reconquer, so the English looked forward to repossession.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • With repossession of the Pearl, good fortune came once more to the Illingworths.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • For a time I did not reflect that to hold it thus in my hand was not sufficient to entitle me to repossession.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • His life had been so long empty that it was enough to dwell on the great happiness of his repossession.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for repossession


verb (transitive)
to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
to restore ownership of (something) to someone
Derived Forms
repossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən) noun
repossessor, noun
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Word Origin and History for repossession

1580s, from re- + possession.



late 15c., "to reoccupy;" see re- "back, again" + possess. Meaning "take back from a purchaser who defaults on payments" first recorded 1933. Related: Repossessed; repossessing.

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