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- (transitive) To deprive a person of (their private property) for public use.
- Coordinate term: nationalize
- 2014, Guiguo Wang, International Investment Law: A Chinese Perspective, Routledge (→ISBN), page 440:
- States have the right to nationalize or expropriate the assets of a transnational corporation operating in their territory. Investments of foreign investors shall not be nationalized or expropriated except for a purpose in the public interest; […]
to deprive a person of their property