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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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Examples from the web for repossess
  • There will be so many defaults, the government won't be able to repossess.
  • The main one is that the buyer may default on the loan and you will be forced to repossess a business you no longer want.
  • If a borrower defaults, there is no house to repossess.
  • He snarls and giggles and, at one point, threatens to repossess the puppets of a street impresario who owes him money.
  • If you do not make payments you owe on a loan secured by property, the lender may foreclose on the loan or repossess the property.
  • Your lender has a security interest in your car and if you fail to pay, the lender can sue you or repossess your car.
  • Foreclosure is the legal process a bank uses to repossess a home when the owner doesn't make payments.
  • repossess merchandise or have service discontinued.
  • The dealer then may repossess the car and the consumer would lose the investment in the vehicle.
  • So if you fail to make your payments, then legally the creditor can repossess the car and sell it.
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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