Meaning of “oust” in the English Dictionary

"oust" in British English

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oustverb [ T ]

uk /aʊst/ us /aʊst/

to force someone to leave a position of power, job, place, or competition:

The president was ousted (from power) in a military coup in January 1987.
Police are trying to oust drug dealers from the city .
Last year's NCAA winners have been ousted from the tournament.

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  • They offered voters a massive inducement to oust the president by announcing that sanctions would be lifted if there was 'democratic change'.
  • He was ousted from the club for violating its rules.
  • Traditional farming patterns have been ousted by modern methods.
  • It proved impossible to oust him from power.
  • The rebels are intent on ousting the dictator.

(Definition of “oust” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"oust" in American English

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oustverb [ T ]

us /ɑʊst/

to force someone out of a job or position:

noun [ U ] us /ˈɑʊ·stər/

She publicly called for his ouster as chairman.

(Definition of “oust” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"oust" in Business English

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oustverb [ T ]

uk /aʊst/ us

WORKPLACE to force someone to leave a job, position of power, place, etc.:

Shareholders successfully agitated to oust the company's chief executive last summer.
It is not the first time he has been ousted from a company.

(Definition of “oust” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)