Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

expropriate - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] formal expropriate pronunciation in British English /eksˈprəʊprieɪt/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyexpropriate
he/she/itexpropriates
present participleexpropriating
past tenseexpropriated
past participleexpropriated
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    to take someones land, money, or possessions and use them for public purposes
    The county expropriated the land to widen the old main road.
  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.

derived words

expropriation

 expropriate pronunciation in British English /eksˌprəʊpriˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
Word Forms
Close
singularexpropriation
pluralexpropriations

expropriator

noun [countable]
Word Forms
Close
singularexpropriator
pluralexpropriators

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog