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Definition of expropriate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    expropriate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//eksˈprəʊprieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eksˈproʊprieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expropriate
    BrE BrE//eksˈprəʊprieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eksˈproʊprieɪt//
     
    he / she / it expropriates
    BrE BrE//eksˈprəʊprieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eksˈproʊprieɪts//
     
    past simple expropriated
    BrE BrE//eksˈprəʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eksˈproʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle expropriated
    BrE BrE//eksˈprəʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eksˈproʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form expropriating
    BrE BrE//eksˈprəʊprieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eksˈproʊprieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1expropriate something (formal or law) (of a government or an authority) to officially take away private property from its owner for public use
  2. 2expropriate something (formal) to take somebody’s property and use it without permission
  3. Word 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: expropriate