- 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.
- to dispossess (a person) of ownership: The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.
- to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use: He expropriated my ideas for his own article.
Origin of expropriate
Examples from the Web for expropriate
Perhaps most controversially, HKND is authorized to expropriate land wherever it wants.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
That way, if Maduro o un revergo de esos comes to expropriate me, they can take the farm.Venezuelan Socialism in Practice
March 18, 2013
Iraq is now a sovereign state and its power to expropriate Camp Ashraf, after paying appropriate compensation, cannot be doubted.Iraq's Looming Massacre of Iranian MEK Refugees
December 9, 2011
This becomes clear as soon as an attempt is made to expropriate anything.The Conquest of Bread
Barrs would not come to expropriate his cauliflowers and early potatoes.A Tatter of Scarlet
S. R. Crockett
The Government has the right to expropriate land for the purpose of excavations.
To expropriate such owners can by no means be a desire of the Socialistic proletariat.Our Revolution
The State makes him pay taxes; it ventures to expropriate him for the public good.Anarchism and Socialism
- to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public useSee also eminent domain
Word Origin and History for expropriate
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.