To take (a property) for public use.
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.
Of government: forcibly to divest another of a property interest, as by eminent domain.
To deprive a person of their private property for public use.
Origin of expropriate
- Medieval Latin expropriāre expropriāt- Latin ex- ex- Latin propriāre to appropriate (from proprius one's own proper)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition