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verb [ with obj. ]

(esp. of the state) take away (property) from its owner: government plans to expropriate farmland.

  • dispossess (someone) of property: the land reform expropriated the Irish landlords.

ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: from medieval Latin expropriat- 'taken from the owner,' from the verb expropriare, from ex- 'out, from' + proprium 'property,' neuter singular of proprius 'own.'

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