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[oust] /aʊst/
verb (used with object)
to expel or remove from a place or position occupied:
The bouncer ousted the drunk; to oust the prime minister in the next election.
Law. to eject or evict; dispossess.
Origin of oust
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French ouster to remove, Old French oster < Latin obstāre to stand in the way, oppose (ob- ob- + stāre to stand)
Related forms
unousted, adjective
1. eject, banish, evict, dislodge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oust
  • The city will vote on whether to oust the utility company and establish one that is more environmentally friendly.
  • But the many political enemies he has made will not be so forgiving and are determined to oust him.
  • Although there is no proven evidence that anyone involved sought to oust him, he has called the event an attempted coup.
  • Despite the view that neither will win the coming elections there is no momentum to oust either of them.
  • At several government-owned newspapers, staff have threatened to oust state-appointed editors.
  • The system of government is constantly reshaped in order to gain more power and oust political opposition.
  • He stood for increasing education spending when it seemed the whole legislature was ready to oust him for it.
  • But under the new law, it is not clear that the government would have the right to oust the managers and punish the shareholders.
  • The rank and file is fracturing, and splinter groups determined to oust the foreign radicals have emerged.
British Dictionary definitions for oust


verb (transitive)
to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel
(property law) to deprive (a person) of the possession of land
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-Norman ouster, from Latin obstāre to withstand, from ob- against + stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for oust

early 15c., from Anglo-French oster (late 13c.), Old French oster "remove, take away, take off; evict, dispel; liberate, release" (Modern French ôter), from Latin obstare "stand before, be opposite, stand opposite to, block," in Vulgar Latin, "hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Ousted; ousting.

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