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From Middle English [Term?], from Middle French despossesser. Equivalent to dis- +‎ possess.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪspəˈzəs/
  • (file)


dispossess (third-person singular simple present dispossesses, present participle dispossessing, simple past and past participle dispossessed)

  1. To deprive someone of the possession of land, especially by evicting them.
  2. To deprive someone of possession in general.
  3. (sports) To take possession of the ball/puck etc. (from someone).
    • 2011 October 1, John Sinnott, “Aston Villa 2 - 0 Wigan”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      It was Bannan who released Agbonlahor for his goal with a long-range curling pass after Stephen Warnock had dispossessed Mohamed Diame.

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