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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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  • Ludwell, whose conduct had been especially obnoxious, was ousted from the collectorship of York River.

    Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688 Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • But though her life was now crowded with new interests that first-comer was not ousted.

  • I do not know if photography itself, their redoubted enemy, has even now ousted them from that last refuge.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • The shock of the real trouble had ousted the imaginary one for the moment.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • Not such a bad place either, in warm weather; but I was ousted by a tipsy gentleman, whom I found there one night.

British Dictionary definitions for ousted


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 ousted



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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