A Word A Day : Expropriate

Thursday, 13th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb )

Pronunciation : ek-spro'pre-at

1. To deprive of possession

2. To transfer (another's property) to oneself

3. To take quick and forcible possession of


Medieval Latin expropriare, expropriat- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin propriare, to appropriate - from proprius, one's own


1. Confiscate

2. Seize

3. Grab

4. Commandeer

5. Snatch

6. Strip

7. Divest


1. Appropriate

2. Distribute

3. Give

Contextual Examples:

• He expropriated the property owners who lived in the path of the new highway.

Related Words:

1. Expropriation: Noun

2. Expropriator: Noun

3. Expropriatory: Adjective

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