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expropriate

[eks-proh-pree-eyt]
verb (used with object), ex·pro·pri·at·ed, ex·pro·pri·at·ing.
  1. to take possession of, especially for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner: The government expropriated the land for a recreation area.
  2. to dispossess (a person) of ownership: The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.
  3. to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use: He expropriated my ideas for his own article.
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Origin of expropriate

1605–15; < Medieval Latin expropriātus separated from one's own (past participle of expropriāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + propri(āre) to appropriate (derivative of proprius proper) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsex·pro·pri·a·ble [eks-proh-pree-uh-buh l] /ɛksˈproʊ pri ə bəl/, adjectiveex·pro·pri·a·tion, nounex·pro·pri·a·tion·ist, adjective, nounex·pro·pri·a·tor, nounde-ex·pro·pri·a·tion, nounun·ex·pro·pri·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·pro·pri·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusedappropriate apropos expropriate
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British Dictionary definitions for expropriable

expropriate

verb (tr)
  1. to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public useSee also eminent domain
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Derived Formsexpropriable, adjectiveexpropriation, nounexpropriator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin expropriāre to deprive of possessions, from proprius own
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Word Origin and History for expropriable

expropriate

v.

1610s, back-formation from expropriation, or from earlier adjective (mid-15c.), or from Medieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare "to deprive of one's own." Related: Expropriated; expropriating.

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