repossess

[ree-puh-zes]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
  2. to put again in possession of something: to repossess the Bourbons of their throne.

Origin of repossess

First recorded in 1485–95; re- + possess
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
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Related Words for repossess

retake, recover, retrieve, recapture, reclaim, reacquire

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British Dictionary definitions for repossess

repossess

verb (tr)
  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
Derived Formsrepossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən), nounrepossessor, noun
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Word Origin and History for repossess
v.

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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