verb (used with object), expropriated, expropriating.
to take possession
of, especially for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner: The government expropriated the land for a recreation area.
to dispossess (a person) of ownership: The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.
to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use: He expropriated my ideas for his own article.
Origin: 1605–15; Related forms
< Medieval Latin expropriātus
separated from one's own (past participle of expropriāre
), equivalent to ex- ex-1
) to appropriate (derivative of proprius proper
) + -ātus -ate1
expropriable /ɛksˈproʊpriəbəl/ [eks-proh-pree-uh-buhl] Show IPA , adjective
expropriationist, adjective, noun