- to take possession of, especially for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner
- to dispossess (a person) of ownership
- to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use
"In public proceedings he declared the generals expropriated, the pueblo entitled to the fields in question, as well as the cooperative's farm machinery, and Francisco Franco guaranteed against political abuse."
- John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution