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verb [transitive] formal expropriate pronunciation in American English /eksˈproʊpriˌeɪt/
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he/she/itexpropriates
present participleexpropriating
past tenseexpropriated
past participleexpropriated
  1. 1
    to take someones land, money, or possessions and use them for public purposes
    The county expropriated the land to widen the highway.
  2. 2
    to take something that does not belong to you and use it for yourself
    He expropriated food meant for the refugees and sold it on the black market.

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expropriation

 expropriate pronunciation in American English /eksˌproʊpriˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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singularexpropriation
pluralexpropriations

expropriator

noun [countable]
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singularexpropriator
pluralexpropriators

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