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verb (used with object)
  1. to expel or remove from a place or position occupied: The bouncer ousted the drunk;to oust the prime minister in the next election.

  2. Law. to eject or evict; dispossess.

Origin of oust

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Anglo-French ouster “to remove,” Old French oster, from Latin obstāre “to stand in the way, oppose” (ob- ob- + stāre “to stand”)

Other words for oust

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How to use oust in a sentence

  • It takes backbone if the minister ousts the liberal paying hypocrite who is helping to kill the church with his pocketbook.

    Treading the Narrow Way | R. E. Barrett

British Dictionary definitions for oust


/ (aʊst) /

  1. to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel

  2. property law to deprive (a person) of the possession of land

Origin of oust

C16: from Anglo-Norman ouster, from Latin obstāre to withstand, from ob- against + stāre to stand

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