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expropriate

[eks-proh-pree-eyt] /ɛksˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), expropriated, expropriating.
1.
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.
2.
to dispossess (a person) of ownership:
The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.
3.
to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use:
He expropriated my ideas for his own article.
Origin
1605-1615
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
Related forms
expropriable
[eks-proh-pree-uh-buh l] /ɛksˈproʊ pri ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
expropriation, noun
expropriationist, adjective, noun
expropriator, noun
de-expropriation, noun
unexpropriable, adjective
unexpropriated, adjective
Can be confused
appropriate, apropos, expropriate.
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Examples from the web for expropriated
  • Any hint that capital might be expropriated is fiercely opposed by the industry.
  • When the two sides could not agree terms on one such project, the government simply expropriated the field.
  • In developed countries, your wealth cannot be expropriated so easily.
  • For mile after mile, expropriated farmland seems empty of cattle or infested with weeds.
  • Several broadcasting stations were closed or expropriated by extremist administrations during the year.
  • However, the law does not allow the foundations to reclaim hundreds of properties expropriated by the state over the years.
  • There are no known cases where the government has expropriated the private property of an investor.
British Dictionary definitions for expropriated

expropriate

/ɛksˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive (an owner) of (property), esp by taking it for public use See also eminent domain
Derived Forms
expropriable, adjective
expropriation, noun
expropriator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin expropriāre to deprive of possessions, from proprius own
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Word Origin and History for expropriated

expropriate

v.

1610s, back-formation from expropriation, or from earlier adjective (mid-15c.), or from Medieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare "to deprive of one's own." Related: Expropriated; expropriating.

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