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expropriate Syllabification: ex·pro·pri·ate
Pronunciation: /ˌeksˈprōprēˌāt/

Definition of expropriate in English:


[with object]
1(Especially of the state) take away (property) from its owner: government plans to expropriate farmland
More example sentences
  • The state or a competent body or organ authorised by law may expropriate property in the public interest subject to the payment of just compensation.
  • There, a family alleged that its property was expropriated by the Egyptian government in 1977 and then, in 1993, sold to Coca Cola.
  • Governments expropriate private property all the time, and they always have.
seize, take away, take over, take, appropriate, take possession of, requisition, commandeer, claim, acquire, sequestrate, confiscate;
Law  distrain
1.1Dispossess (someone) of property: the land reform expropriated the Irish landlords
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  • Economic progress was thus fastest in England, where landlords expropriated the peasants and created a dynamic agrarian capitalism.
  • The entire wealth of the people was expropriated.
  • In that way the tourist will not be expropriating the thief of the camera because it doesn't belong to him (the thief) in the first place.


Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
Example sentences
  • He then goes on to outline a program of nationalization, suggesting a revival of the old rallying cry to ‘expropriate the expropriators.’
  • In the fullness of time these workers would rise up and expropriate the expropriators.
  • For hundreds of years, in fact, the intellectual classes have demanded the expropriation and even the extermination of capitalistic expropriators.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin expropriat- 'taken from the owner', from the verb expropriare, from ex- 'out, from' + proprium 'property', neuter singular of proprius 'own'.

Words that rhyme with expropriate

appropriate, impropriate, misappropriate
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