from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive of possession: expropriated the property owners who lived in the path of the new highway.
- transitive v. To transfer (another's property) to oneself.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deprive a person of their private property for public use.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put out of one's possession; to surrender the ownership of; also, to deprive of possession or proprietary rights.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold no longer as one's own; disengage from appropriation; give up a claim to the exclusive property of.
- To take or condemn for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner.
- Hence To dispossess; exclude, in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deprive of possessions
Medieval Latin expropriāre, expropriāt- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin propriāre, to appropriate (from proprius, one's own; see proper).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)