- to take (land, property, etc.) from its owner; esp., to take for public use or in the public interest, as by right of eminent domain
- to transfer (property) from another to oneself
- to deprive of ownership; dispossess
Origin of expropriate; from Medieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare, to deprive of one's own ; from Classical Latin ex-, out + proprius, one's own
transitive verbex·pro·pri·at·ed, ex·pro·pri·at·ing, ex·pro·pri·ates
Origin of expropriateMedieval Latin expropriare, expropriat- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin propriare, to appropriate (from proprius, one's own; see proper).
(third-person singular simple present expropriates, present participle expropriating, simple past and past participle expropriated)
- To deprive a person of their private property for public use.
expropriate - Legal Definition