oust

[ oust ]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. ourself,
  2. ourselves,
  3. ouse,
  4. ousel,
  5. ouspensky,
  6. ouster,
  7. out,
  8. out and about,
  9. out and away,
  10. out at the elbows

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ousted

oust

/ (aʊst) /

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 ousted

oust

v.

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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