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verb [transitive] formal British English pronunciation: expropriate /eksˈprəʊprieɪt/ 
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present participleexpropriating
past tenseexpropriated
past participleexpropriated
  1. 1
    to take someone's 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.

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expropriation

 British English pronunciation: expropriation /eksˌprəʊpriˈeɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
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singularexpropriation
pluralexpropriations

expropriator

noun [countable]
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pluralexpropriators

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