Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dispossess”


verb [T]     /ˌdɪs.pəˈzes/ formal
to take property, especially buildings or land, away from someone or a group of people: A lot of people were dispossessed of their homes during the civil war. → Compare repossessTaking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things dispossession     /-ˈzeʃ.ən/ noun [U]
(Definition of dispossess verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of dispossess

Definitions of “dispossess” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More