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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.
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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 repossession

rebirth, renascence, recuperation, revival, rejuvenation, renewal, revivification, resurgence, resurrection, regeneration, improvement, renaissance, cure, healing, resuscitation, rehabilitation, comeback, betterment, retrieval, convalescence

Examples from the Web for repossession

Historical Examples of repossession

  • As the French had supposed they could reconquer, so the English looked forward to repossession.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

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

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for repossession

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
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Derived Formsrepossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən), nounrepossessor, noun
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Word Origin and History for repossession

n.

1580s, from re- + possession.

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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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