from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To deprive (another) of the possession or occupancy of something, such as real property.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put out of possession; deprive of actual occupancy, particularly of real property; dislodge; disseize: usually followed by of before the thing possessed: as, to dispossess a tenant of his holding.
  • To relieve or free from or as if from demoniac possession.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To put out of possession; to deprive of the actual occupancy of, particularly of land or real estate; to disseize; to eject; -- usually followed by of before the thing taken away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To deprive someone of the possession of land, especially by evicting them.
  • verb sports To take possession of the ball/puck etc. (from someone)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb deprive of the possession of real estate


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Middle English, from Middle French despossesser


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  • We were running so far behind that the only thing which saved us from a dispossess was the fact that they couldn't get a constable who would carry the snakes out to the sidewalk; but Merritt was a resourceful cuss and I felt confident that he would figure out some scheme to win out.

    Side Show Studies Francis Metcalfe 1899

  • The Zionist quotes I posted establish that the antiZionist accusations that Zionist Jews intended to "dispossess" Arabs - that are frequently posted on these threads by Arab apologists - are false.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with... 2009

  • Moss allegedly ordered the pair to look for police or traffic officers to attack and "dispossess" them of their service firearms, because the PAC did not have enough weapons to wage its armed struggle.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1998

  • He said that action would "dispossess" Barr and his partners after they nearly finished Park Lafayette. 2009

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  • "put out," "dispossess," &c., which are used in the same and in parallel passages?

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  • With colonies, a ruler needs to dispossess only a few powerful inhabitants and render them too poor to pose any meaningful threat thereafter.

    Reading Machiavelli's 'The Prince' 2011

  • Should you defeat the king, but fail to dispossess the other barons, maintaining power will become a miserable, Sisyphean undertaking.

    Reading Machiavelli's 'The Prince' 2011

  • Typical of his contribution was Chelsea's third goal, which saw him dispossess Peter Odemwingie on the left touchline near the halfway line and send Florent Malouda sprinting away to cross for Lampard, who finished with dead-eyed accuracy from 16 yards.

    Chelsea's Didier Drogba makes case to start instead of Fernando Torres 2011

  • It ends with Charlie Adam dispossessing Nasri and banging the ball off his rival's legs to win a goal-kick.54 mins: Johnson plays in Aguero, but Skrtel is across very quickly to dispossess.

    Manchester City 0 - 1 Liverpool – as it happened | Simon Burnton 2012


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