verb (used with object), expropriated, expropriating.
to take possession of, especially for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner: The government expropriated the land for a recreation area.
to dispossess (a person) of ownership: The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.
to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use: He expropriated my ideas for his own article.

1605–15; < Medieval Latin expropriātus separated from one's own (past participle of expropriāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + propri(āre) to appropriate (derivative of proprius proper) + -ātus -ate1

expropriable [eks-proh-pree-uh-buhl] , adjective
expropriation, noun
expropriationist, adjective, noun
expropriator, noun
de-expropriation, noun
unexpropriable, adjective
unexpropriated, adjective

appropriate, apropos, expropriate.
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expropriate (ɛksˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
See also eminent domain to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public use
[C17: from Medieval Latin expropriāre to deprive of possessions, from proprius own]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, back formation from expropriation. Related: Expropriated; expropriating.
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Example sentences
In other words, it wants to be able to expropriate the inventor's intellectual property.
And by controlling the law, the scholars could limit the ability of the executive to expropriate the property of private citizens.
They are rightly angry when outsiders expropriate what they consider to be their land and resources.
Fifth, the candidates are measured on how much wealth they were able to expropriate through their charge as a national leader.
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