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English definition of “expropriate”

expropriate

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈsprəʊ.pri.eɪt/ us    /-ˈsproʊ-/ formal
to take away money or property especially for public use without payment to the owner, or for personal use illegally: He was discovered to have been expropriating company funds.StealingTaking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
expropriation
noun [C or U] uk   /ɪkˌsprəʊ.priˈeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌsproʊ-/
StealingTaking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
expropriator
noun [C] uk   /-eɪ.tər/ us    /-eɪ.t̬ɚ/
Miscellaneous criminals
(Definition of expropriate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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