- 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
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Historical Examples of expropriator
One saw the expropriator and the expropriated—as if Marx had arranged the picture.The New Machiavelli
Herbert George Wells
- to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public useSee also eminent domain
Word Origin 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.