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.
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.
- re·pos·sess·a·ble, adjective
- re·pos·ses·sion [ree-puh-zesh-uhn], /ˌri pəˈzɛʃ ən/, noun
- re·pos·ses·sor, noun
- un·re·pos·sessed, adjective
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How to use repossess in a sentence
Matthews’ car was repossessed after she couldn’t keep up with payments.‘We are struggling’: Unemployed Americans face a bleak Christmas | Lee Clifford | December 24, 2020 | Fortune
Two people were attempting to repossess a vehicle at a residence when the owner exited his house and threatened them with a handgun.
His life had been so long empty that it was enough to dwell on the great happiness of his repossession.The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
Frémont dispossessed their agent and they failed to gain repossession, the courts deciding that Pico had no right to sell.The Old Franciscan Missions Of California | George Wharton James
Alonzos father was soon in complete repossession of his former property.Alonzo and Melissa | Daniel Jackson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for repossess
to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
to restore ownership of (something) to someone
- repossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən), noun
- repossessor, noun
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