Expropriate meaning

ĕk-sprōprē-āt
To take (a property) for public use.
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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.
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To transfer (property) from another to oneself.
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To deprive of ownership; dispossess.
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Of government: forcibly to divest another of a property interest, as by eminent domain.
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To deprive a person of their private property for public use.
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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