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[ree-puh-zes] /ˌri pəˈzɛs/
verb (used with object)
to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
to put again in possession of something:
to repossess the Bourbons of their throne.
Origin of repossess
1485-95; re- + possess
Related forms
repossessable, adjective
[ree-puh-zesh-uh n] /ˌri pəˈzɛʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
repossessor, noun
unrepossessed, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • And his longing to get rid of her changed, like a flash of lightning, into a passionate yearning to repossess her, dead.

  • The government resolved to repossess New Orleans and Mobile.

  • With the lady's departure an air of wontedness seemed to repossess the room and the two people who were left.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • Cordelia lands with French troops to repossess Lear of his kingdom.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • Here there was clearly no aggression: he was only attempting to repossess his own.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • As he spoke she had but one thought, to repossess herself of the note.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • She steadied herself with a hand on the counter, striving to repossess her soul for Biela's sake.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • I freely own that I'd give all the rest willingly to repossess myself of the Monsoon treaty.

  • To allow the memory of that other evening to repossess her had seemed the best answer to make.

    The Debit Account Oliver Onions
  • "Call me your brother," said I, trying to repossess myself of the hand she had gently withdrawn from my grasp.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for repossess


verb (transitive)
to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
to restore ownership of (something) to someone
Derived Forms
repossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən) noun
repossessor, noun
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Word Origin and History for repossess

late 15c., "to reoccupy;" see re- "back, again" + possess. Meaning "take back from a purchaser who defaults on payments" first recorded 1933. Related: Repossessed; repossessing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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