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repossess

[ree-puh-zes] /ˌri pəˈzɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
2.
to put again in possession of something:
to repossess the Bourbons of their throne.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; re- + possess
Related forms
repossessable, adjective
repossession
[ree-puh-zesh-uh n] /ˌri pəˈzɛʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun
repossessor, noun
unrepossessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for repossessing

repossess

/ˌriːpəˈzɛs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
2.
to restore ownership of (something) to someone
Derived Forms
repossession (ˌriːpəˈzɛʃən) noun
repossessor, noun
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Word Origin and History for repossessing

repossess

v.

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.

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