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expropriate

ex·pro·pri·ate

expropriate

 
pronunciation:
eks pro pri eIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: expropriated, expropriates, expropriating
definition 1: to take or transfer without permission.
similar words:
appropriate, commandeer, grab, usurp
definition 2: to take property away from, usu. by legal or official action.
The Communist Party expropriated landowners.
similar words:
condemn, confiscate, dispossess, evict
derivations: expropriable (adj.), expropriation (n.), expropriator (n.)