[ 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
ex·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, noun
de-ex·pro·pri·a·tion, nounun·ex·pro·pri·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·pro·pri·at·ed, adjective
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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
/ (ɛksˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) /
to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public useSee also eminent domain
Derived Formsexpropriable, adjectiveexpropriation, nounexpropriator, noun
Word Origin for expropriate
C17: from Medieval Latin expropriāre to deprive of possessions, from proprius own
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