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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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  • Some others feared you were coming to oust them from snug berths.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
  • Shouldn't I like to see a new claimant come up and oust them after all!

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Mine was not the reciprocal wish till envy stimulated me to oust Arabella.

    Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
  • He joined Pierson at her side, and made no effort to oust him.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • “I shall go to London to-morrow and study Sam in order to oust him from your fickle affections,” he announced.

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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