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

 

repossess

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌriːpəˈzes//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːpəˈzes//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repossess
BrE BrE//ˌriːpəˈzes//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːpəˈzes//
 
he / she / it repossesses
BrE BrE//ˌriːpəˈzesɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːpəˈzesɪz//
 
past simple repossessed
BrE BrE//ˌriːpəˈzest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːpəˈzest//
 
past participle repossessed
BrE BrE//ˌriːpəˈzest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːpəˈzest//
 
-ing form repossessing
BrE BrE//ˌriːpəˈzesɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːpəˈzesɪŋ//
 
Buying a home
 
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[usually passive] repossess something to take back property or goods from somebody who has arranged to buy them but who still owes money for them and cannot pay (British English) First I lost my job, then my house was repossessed. CollocationsMoving house Renting live in a rented/(especially North American English) rental property rent/​share/​move into a furnished house/(British English) flat/(especially North American English) apartment rent a studio/(British English) a studio flat/(especially North American English) a studio apartment/(British English) a bedsit find/​get a housemate/(British English) a flatmate/(North American English) a roommate sign/​break the lease/​rental agreement/​contract extend/​renew/​terminate the lease/(British English) tenancy afford/​pay the rent/​the bills/(North American English) the utilities (especially British English) fall behind with/ (especially North American English) fall behind on the rent pay/​lose/​return a damage deposit/(North American English) security deposit give/​receive a month’s/​two-weeks’ notice to leave/​vacate the propertyBeing a landlord have a flat/​apartment/​room (British English) to let/(especially North American English) for rent rent (out)/lease (out)/ (British English) let (out)/sublet a flat/​apartment/​house/​property collect/​increase/​raise the rent evict the existing tenants attract/​find new/​prospective tenants invest in rental property/(British English) property to let/(British English) the buy-to-let marketBuying buy/​acquire/​purchase a house/(a) property/(especially North American English) (a piece of) prime real estate call/​contact/​use (British English) an estate agent/(North American English) a Realtor™/(North American English) a real estate agent/​broker make/ (British English) put in an offer on a house put down/​save for (British English) a deposit on a house make/​put/​save for (especially North American English) a down payment on a house/​home apply for/​arrange/​take out a mortgage/​home loan (struggle to) pay the mortgage make/​meet/​keep up/​cover the monthly mortgage payments/(British English also) repayments (British English) repossess/ (especially North American English) foreclose on somebody’s home/​houseSelling put your house/​property on the market/​up for sale/​up for auction increase/​lower your price/​the asking price have/​hold/​hand over the deed/(especially British English) deeds of/​to the house, land, etc. compare foreclose See related entries: Buying a home
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