- 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
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Related Wordsfire, topple, eject, depose, sack, dislodge, remove, lose, unseat, evict, dethrone, bereave, relegate, disinherit, ostracize, rob, displace, bounce, deprive, dispossess
Examples from the Web for oust
The broader goal was to oust Saddam in order to build a beautiful democracy in the Middle East and thereby transform the region.Can America Still Win Wars?
October 4, 2014
In 1992 Dostum “defected” to the side of the mujahedin and joined in the battle to take Kabul and oust Najibullah.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
Just two weeks ago, Prayuth felt compelled to deny that senior figures in the country had pressured him to oust the government.Can Thailand’s Prime Minister Cling To Power?
February 19, 2014
Grimes has said she will need to raise $26 million to $30 million to oust McConnell, a priority for Democratic donors nationwide.New Super PACs Brace for Mitch McConnell’s Brutal Campaign
Peter H. Stone
August 22, 2013
Mike Giglio talks to the 28-year-old leading the campaign to oust Morsi—and to critics of its embrace of the military.Mahmoud Badr Is the Young Face of the Anti-Morsi Movement
July 2, 2013
She sought to oust them by thinking of any one else, of Aggie, of Joe.Within the Law
Josie, of course, was prompt to oust Angie Tuthill from her place in the choir.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Shouldn't I like to see a new claimant come up and oust them after all!Wilfrid Cumbermede
He joined Pierson at her side, and made no effort to oust him.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Who would there be who could effectively contest his claim, or oust him from his place?Tristram of Blent
- to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel
- property law to deprive (a person) of the possession of land
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.