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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: , past participle of expropriare, from Latin proprius 'your own'

expropriate

verb
     
ex‧pro‧pri‧ate [transitive] formal
1SCL if a government or someone in authority expropriates your private property, they take it away for public use
2SCC to take something from someone illegally in order to use it
expropriation noun [uncountable and countable]
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