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[ dis-puh-zes ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
  2. to banish.
  3. to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment:

    Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.


/ ˌdɪspəˈzɛs /


  1. tr to take away possession of something, esp property; expel

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Derived Forms

  • ˌdisposˈsession, noun
  • ˌdisposˈsessor, noun
  • ˌdisposˈsessory, adjective

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Other Words From

  • dispos·session noun
  • dispos·sessor noun
  • dis·pos·ses·so·ry [dis-p, uh, -, zes, -, uh, -ree], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dispossess1

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

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Synonym Study

See strip 1.

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Example Sentences

Chilton’s sonorous voice carries with it the perseverance and anguish of the dispossessed, disenfranchised and violated.

Don Draper never seems to entirely dispossess himself of Dick Whitman.

Years brought wisdom, however; and he realized that to massacre or dispossess good cultivators was bad economy.

But I fancy that she will soon dispossess it of that character, for her suspiria are not many at this stage of her life.

How many seek means, of whatever kind, to dispossess themselves of them!

The Hellenizers still enjoyed the royal favour and Jonathan made no attempt to dispossess them.

Or they might have said that the nine tribes and a half could furnish quite a large enough army to dispossess the Canaanites.


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