verb (used with object)
to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
to put again in possession of something: to repossess the Bourbons of their throne.
Origin of repossess
Related formsre·pos·sess·a·ble, adjectivere·pos·ses·sion [ree-puh-zesh-uh n] /ˌri pəˈzɛʃ ən/, nounre·pos·ses·sor, nounun·re·pos·sessed, adjective
First recorded in 1485–95; re-
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Derived Formsrepossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən), nounrepossessor, noun
to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
to restore ownership of (something) to someone
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Word Origin and History for repossess
late 15c., "to reoccupy;" see re- "back, again" + possess. Meaning "take back from a purchaser who defaults on payments" first recorded 1933. Related: Repossessed; repossessing.
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