verb (used with object)

to expel or remove from a place or position occupied: The bouncer ousted the drunk; to oust the prime minister in the next election.
Law. to eject or evict; dispossess.

Origin of oust

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French ouster to remove, Old French oster < Latin obstāre to stand in the way, oppose (ob- ob- + stāre to stand)
Related formsun·oust·ed, adjective

Synonyms for oust

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  • Many had tried to oust her from this enviable position but without success.

    Ptomaine Street

    Carolyn Wells

  • From this moment it became very difficult for the captain to oust the adventurer.

  • Then Merry had suddenly appeared on the scene and seemed to oust the new man before the latter had a show to prove his capability.

  • It was attempting to oust from employment all other building trades in order to carry a trivial point for its own benefit.

    30,000 Locked Out.

    James C. Beeks

  • Rules had been laid down restricting the artist to an extent that threatened to oust nature altogether from painting.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for oust


verb (tr)

to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel
property law to deprive (a person) of the possession of land

Word Origin for oust

C16: from Anglo-Norman ouster, from Latin obstāre to withstand, from ob- against + stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for oust

early 15c., from Anglo-French oster (late 13c.), Old French oster "remove, take away, take off; evict, dispel; liberate, release" (Modern French ôter), from Latin obstare "stand before, be opposite, stand opposite to, block," in Vulgar Latin, "hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Ousted; ousting.

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