from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive of possession: expropriated the property owners who lived in the path of the new highway.
- transitive v. To transfer (another's property) to oneself.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deprive a person of their private property for public use.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put out of one's possession; to surrender the ownership of; also, to deprive of possession or proprietary rights.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold no longer as one's own; disengage from appropriation; give up a claim to the exclusive property of.
- To take or condemn for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner.
- Hence To dispossess; exclude, in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deprive of possessions
This contrasts with the political argument of the far-left, to expropriate from the rich to serve the “base”, the working class.
Faced with persistent food shortages, the government of Venezuela last week warned it could "expropriate" any food company necessary to ensure the nation's "food security and sovereignty."
I have blogged earlier that after reviewing the agreement of several toll concessions, including Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Cheras Grand Saga Highway, KESAS and Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR), the Government is able to 'expropriate' these highways by giving between 3 to 6 months 'notice at' reasonable 'prices.
"expropriate" resources and energies of OTHER people and try to subject other cultures to do
We know that Roosevelt didn't expropriate the rich.
I know much has been made about his father, Ralph, being a Marxist, but as I understood it, Marx wanted to "expropriate the expropriators", not ask them to behave more responsibly.
Dublin plans to expropriate citizens' property to help keep intact a deeply flawed currency club.
How very easy it was in 1949 to expropriate private land, and how extremely difficult it is now to return the land to private owners and so eliminate the "mass incidents."
So when the ordinary taxes were not enough for particular projects, Medieval monarchs would raid Jewish communities and expropriate what they could (which could be everything from a simple seizing of goods to an outright pogrom).
Note also that the theory works best when state expropriate mobile assets and works worst when states persecute nationally unpopular groups like, say, accused sexual predators who have nowhere to flee because they are too few in number to capture a state government ...