expropriate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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/eksˈprəʊprieɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyexpropriate
he/she/itexpropriates
present participleexpropriating
past tenseexpropriated
past participleexpropriated
  1. 1
    to take someone’s land, money, or possessions and use them for public purposes
  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

 

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/eksˌprəʊpriˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [countable/uncountable]
singularexpropriation
pluralexpropriations

expropriator

noun [countable]
singularexpropriator
pluralexpropriators