expropriate

[ eks-proh-pree-eyt ]
/ ɛksˈproʊ priˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·pro·pri·at·ed, ex·pro·pri·at·ing.

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

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 forms

Can be confused

appropriate apropos expropriate
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Examples from the Web for expropriator

  • One saw the expropriator and the expropriated—as if Marx had arranged the picture.

    The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for expropriator

expropriate

/ (ɛksˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public useSee also eminent domain

Derived Forms

expropriable, adjectiveexpropriation, nounexpropriator, noun

Word Origin for expropriate

C17: from Medieval Latin expropriāre to deprive of possessions, from proprius own
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