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

c.1443, "renunciation of worldly goods," from M.L. expropriationem, from expropriare "deprive of property," from ex- "away from" + propriare "to appropriate." Sense of "deprive someone of property" (1848) "appears to have arisen among Ger. socialists" [Weekley].

1610s, back formation from expropriation. Related: Expropriated; expropriating.
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expropriation definition

The taking over of private property by a government, often without fair compensation but usually with a legal assertion that the government has a right to do so.

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Example sentences
Private construction of housing here has virtually ground to a halt because of
  fears of government expropriation.
One would thus expect more expropriation rather than less.
It has increased the tax on unfarmed land, and speeded up expropriation
The fictional tale of land expropriation and eviction seemed to cut too close
  to the bone.
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