verb (used with object)
to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
Origin of dispossess
1425–75; dis-1Related formsdis·pos·ses·sion, noundis·pos·ses·sor, noundis·pos·ses·so·ry [dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/, adjective
; replacing Middle English disposseden,
equivalent to dis-1
(< Old French posseder
) < Latin possidēre;
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for dispossess
Historical Examples of dispossess
But she could not dispossess herself of the belief that he was guilty.
"You, personally, began this dispossess action," said Mr. Stanley.
They had a fascination for her, and she could not dispossess her mind of the thought that she had seen them before.
If he finds I have the right to continue in the farm, he would not wish to dispossess me.
Finally, it occurred to me to dispossess the dog and take his place beneath the bush.
British Dictionary definitions for dispossess
Derived Formsdispossession, noundispossessor, noundispossessory, adjective
(tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Word Origin and History for dispossess
late 15c., from Old French despossesser "to dispossess," from des- (see dis-) + possesser (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossessing.
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