expropriate[eks prō′prē āt′]
expropriate definition by Webster's New World
- to take (land, property, etc.) from its owner; esp., to take for public use or in the public interest, as by right of eminent domain
- to transfer (property) from another to oneself
- to deprive of ownership; dispossess
Origin: ; from Midieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare, to deprive of one's own ; from Classical Latin ex-, out plush proprius, one's own
expropriate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ex·pro·pri·at·ed, ex·pro·pri·at·ing, ex·pro·pri·ates
- To deprive of possession: expropriated the property owners who lived in the path of the new highway.
- To transfer (another's property) to oneself.
Origin: Medieval Latin expropriāre, expropriāt- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin propriāre, to appropriate (from proprius, one's own; see Proper ).
- ex·proˌpri·aˈtion noun
- ex·proˈpri·aˌtor noun
- ex·proˈpri·a·toˌry adjective
expropriate - Legal Definition