repossess

[ ree-puh-zes ]
/ ˌri pəˈzɛs /

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.

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Origin of repossess

First recorded in 1485–95; re- + possess

OTHER WORDS FROM repossess

re·pos·sess·a·ble, adjectivere·pos·ses·sion [ree-puh-zesh-uhn], /ˌri pəˈzɛʃ ən/, nounre·pos·ses·sor, nounun·re·pos·sessed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for repossess

  • With repossession of the Pearl, good fortune came once more to the Illingworths.

    The Burglars' Club|Henry A. Hering
  • 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
  • As the French had supposed they could reconquer, so the English looked forward to repossession.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit|Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • For a time I did not reflect that to hold it thus in my hand was not sufficient to entitle me to repossession.

    Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown

British Dictionary definitions for repossess

repossess
/ (ˌriːpəˈzɛs) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of repossess

repossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən), nounrepossessor, noun
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