Definition of oust in English:


Syllabification: oust
Pronunciation: /oust


[with object]
  • 1Drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place: he ousted a long-term incumbent by only 500 votes
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    • In 1969 he joined the family business, but in 1996 the group was subject to a hostile takeover and he was ousted from the board.
    • He seems to have control over them, and until he is ousted or expelled, he continues to attract other demons back even though many may have been cast out.
    • In 1957, his inner circle tried to oust him as party leader.
    drive out, expel, force out, throw out, remove (from office/power), eject, get rid of, depose, dethrone, topple, unseat, overthrow, bring down, overturn, dismiss, dislodge, displace
    informal boot out, kick out
  • 1.1 Law Deprive (someone) of or exclude (someone) from possession of something.


late Middle English (as a legal term): from Anglo-Norman French ouster 'take away', from Latin obstare 'oppose, hinder'.

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