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expropriate


expropriate/ɪkˈsprəʊprieɪt $ -ˈsproʊ-/ verb [TRANSITIVE] formal
[date : 1500-1600; Language : Medieval Latin; Origin : past participle of expropriare, from Latin proprius 'your own']
1. if a government or someone in authority expropriates your private property, they take it away for public use

2. to take something from someone illegally in order to use it

—expropriation /ɪkˌsprəʊpriˈeɪʃən $ -ˌsproʊ-/ noun [UNCOUNTABLE AND COUNTABLE]

verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
The police station is in a private home that the Communists expropriated in 1948.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
Campbell reported that it would require $ 375, 000 to expropriate the land needed.
If it were to expropriate their property it would have to compensate them with scarce foreign exchange.
The exclusion of properties expropriated before 1949 from restitution was inevitable.
The grateful colonists used the opportunity to expropriate the cattle and other assets of the fugitives.
Their ideas could be expropriated as freely and easily as blackberries from a hedge in summer.
Then, in the 1970s, the government expropriated thousands of acres of ejido land nationwide to promote tourism and other development.
They wanted to expropriate a three-mile strip along the river, 159 acres in size.
Where it could, it expropriated resources by simple edict.


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