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expropriate in Crime topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexpropriateex‧pro‧pri‧ate /ɪkˈsprəʊprieɪt $ -ˈsproʊ-/ verb [transitive] formal  1 SCLif a government or someone in authority expropriates your private property, they take it away for public use2 SCCSTEALto take something from someone illegally in order to use itexpropriation /ɪkˌsprəʊpriˈeɪʃən $ -ˌsproʊ-/ noun [countable, uncountable]→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
expropriateThey wanted to expropriate a three-mile strip along the river, 159 acres in size.Their ideas could be expropriated as freely and easily as blackberries from a hedge in summer.The exclusion of properties expropriated before 1949 from restitution was inevitable.The police station is in a private home that the Communists expropriated in 1948.Where it could, it expropriated resources by simple edict.The grateful colonists used the opportunity to expropriate the cattle and other assets of the fugitives.Campbell reported that it would require $ 375,000 to expropriate the land needed.If it were to expropriate their property it would have to compensate them with scarce foreign exchange.Then, in the 1970s, the government expropriated thousands of acres of ejido land nationwide to promote tourism and other development.