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Definition of "expropriate" [ex•pro•pri•ate]

  • To deprive of possession: expropriated the property owners who lived in the path of the new highway. (verb-transitive)
  • To transfer (another's property) to oneself. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "expropriate" in a sentence
  • "This contrasts with the political argument of the far-left, to expropriate from the rich to serve the “base”, the working class."
  • "Faced with persistent food shortages, the government of Venezuela last week warned it could "expropriate" any food company necessary to ensure the nation's "food security and sovereignty.""
  • "I have blogged earlier that after reviewing the agreement of several toll concessions, including Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Cheras Grand Saga Highway, KESAS and Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR), the Government is able to 'expropriate' these highways by giving between 3 to 6 months 'notice at' reasonable 'prices."