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[ ree-puh-zes ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to regain ownership of; to take back, especially for failure to make due payment:

    After the first few payments, the buyer defaulted on the contract, and we were forced to repossess the piano.

  2. to give (someone) ownership of something again; restore something to (used with of ):

    In 1814, a coalition of European powers defeated Napoleon and repossessed the ousted Bourbons of their throne.


/ ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən; ˌriːpəˈzɛs /


  1. to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
  2. to restore ownership of (something) to someone

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Derived Forms

  • repossession, noun
  • ˌreposˈsessor, noun
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Other Words From

  • re·pos·sess·a·ble adjective
  • re·pos·ses·sion [ree-p, uh, -, zesh, -, uh, n], noun
  • re·pos·ses·sor noun
  • un·re·pos·sessed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of repossess1

First recorded in 1485–95; re- + possess
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Example Sentences

Russia, he suggested, is simply trying to repossess a now independent colony.

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The solution is to post a bond that they would forfeit, or sign a note that empowers the creditor to repossess the house or car.

He can repossess himself, if this can be done peaceably, otherwise he must bring an action for the purpose.

I do not think that I am less impatient now than formerly to repossess—to entirely engross—my own treasured love.

"He has the same right to repossess his slave here as in his own State;" the same right to kill him if he attempts to escape!

And up he climbed again, thrust in his arm to the shoulder, and managed to repossess himself a fifth time of that blessed crock.

And his longing to get rid of her changed, like a flash of lightning, into a passionate yearning to repossess her, dead.


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