transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Medieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare, from Latin ex- + proprius own Date: 1611 1. to deprive of possession or proprietary rights 2. to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession • expropriator noun

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  • expropriate — ex·pro·pri·ate /ek sprō prē ˌāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing: to take (property) of an individual in the exercise of state sovereignty (as by eminent domain) ex·pro·pri·a·tion /ek ˌsprō prē ā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster.… …   Law dictionary

  • expropriate — ex‧pro‧pri‧ate [ɪkˈsprəʊprieɪt ǁ ˈsproʊ ] verb [transitive] LAW if a government expropriates someone s property, it legally takes that person s property from them for public use: • There is a risk that an investment abroad may be expropriated by… …   Financial and business terms

  • Expropriate — Ex*pro pri*ate, v. t. [L. ex out, from + proprius one s own: cf. F. exproprier.] To put out of one s possession; to surrender the ownership of; also, to deprive of possession or proprietary rights. Boyle. [1913 Webster] Expropriate these [bad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expropriate — 1610s, back formation from EXPROPRIATION (Cf. expropriation), or from earlier adjective (mid 15c.), or from M.L. expropriatus, pp. of expropriare to deprive of one s own. Related: Expropriated; expropriating …   Etymology dictionary

  • expropriate — [v] seize accroach, annex, appropriate, arrogate, assume, commandeer, confiscate, deprive of property, dispossess, impound, preempt, requisition, sequester, take, take over; concepts 90,142 Ant. appropriate, distribute, give …   New thesaurus

  • expropriate — ► VERB ▪ (of the state) take (property) from its owner for public use or benefit. DERIVATIVES expropriation noun expropriator noun. ORIGIN Latin expropriare, from proprium property …   English terms dictionary

  • expropriate — [eks prō′prē āt΄] vt. expropriated, expropriating [< ML expropriatus, pp. of expropriare, to deprive of one s own < L ex , out + proprius, one s own] 1. to take (land, property, etc.) from its owner; esp., to take for public use or in the… …   English World dictionary

  • expropriate — v. (D; tr.) to expropriate from (to expropriate land from the absentee owners) * * * [ɪk sprəʊprɪeɪt] (D; tr.) to expropriate from (to expropriate land from the absentee owners) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • expropriate — UK [eksˈprəʊprɪeɪt] / US [eksˈproʊprɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms expropriate : present tense I/you/we/they expropriate he/she/it expropriates present participle expropriating past tense expropriated past participle expropriated formal 1)… …   English dictionary

  • expropriate — verb Expropriate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑land …   Collocations dictionary

  • expropriate — verb legislation to expropriate land from absentee landlords Syn: seize, take away, take over, take, appropriate, take possession of, requisition, commandeer, claim, acquire, sequestrate, confiscate; Law distrain …   Thesaurus of popular words

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