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dispossess

[ dis-puh-zes ]
/ ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs /
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verb (used with object)
to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
to banish.
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

First recorded in 1425–75; dis-1 + possess; replacing Middle English disposseden, equivalent to dis-1 + posseden (from Old French posseder), from Latin possidēre;see possess

synonym study for dispossess

1. See strip1.

OTHER WORDS FROM dispossess

dis·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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How to use dispossess in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dispossess

dispossess
/ (ˌdɪspəˈzɛs) /

verb
(tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel

Derived forms of dispossess

dispossession, noundispossessor, noundispossessory, adjective
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