Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To regain possession of.
  • transitive verb To reclaim possession of for failure to make payments due.
  • transitive verb To give back possession to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To possess again; regain possession of.

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

  • transitive verb To possess again.
  • transitive verb To take possession of, for failure of the possessor to make payments owed for purchase of; -- used of real estate subject to mortgage payments and of other objects purchased on a time-payment plan, which may be taken back (repossessed) by the original vendor if the payments are not made on time.
  • transitive verb to acquire again (something lost).

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

  • verb law To reclaim ownership of property for which payment remains due.

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

  • verb regain possession of something
  • verb claim back

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Examples

  • There's a catch, though: After just a few months of non-payment, The Union reserves the right to send a blue-collar thug to hunt you down and "repossess" - i.e.: crudely cut out of your living body-the organ.

    Reason Magazine

  • There's a catch, though: After just a few months of non-payment, The Union reserves the right to send a blue-collar thug to hunt you down and "repossess" - ie: crudely cut out of your living body-the organ.

    Reason Magazine

  • Make the kid believe he's rich, then 'repossess' the money- either for the college fund or to post bail, your choice.

    I Believe the Children are Our Future

  • Hounslow Council said that the Keens 'house in Brentford, West London, appeared to have been empty since last November, and so the Keens have been given notice of the council's intention to issue an' Empty Dwelling Management Order ', allowing it to' repossess 'a property if it remains unoccupied and dilapidated for a period of six months.

    British Blogs

  • I was going to 'repossess' it, but there were workman around and I didn't have time to hang around.

    Army Rumour Service

  • I was going to 'repossess' it, but there were workman around and I didn't have time to hang around.

    Army Rumour Service

  • The foreclosure process has been snarled since late 2010, after allegations that banks had serially submitted bogus mortgage documents when attempting to repossess homes from delinquent borrowers.

    Accord Near on Foreclosure Abuses

  • Banks have been slow to repossess these homes after foreclosure-processing abuses surfaced last year, but the inventory ultimately could rise as banks begin to take back and list more of those properties.

    Housing Slump Was Deeper

  • It's everyday people trying to repossess a piece of their society, she said.

    Protests Sharpen Focus

  • Once he finds them, he must repossess their artiforgs, which means ... well, if you've ever seen the "Live Organ Transplants" sketch from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, you know what that means: opening up the individual and returning the artiforg to the Union.

    MOVIE REVIEW: Repo Men (2010)

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