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expropriate

something (from someone or something) (for someone or something) to seize something from someone or something for someone or something. The government expropriated the land from the peasants for an airfield. They expropriated land for a highway. They expropriated land from the farmers.
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It should be emphasized that Israel is not expropriating land to establish settlements in the area.
In April 2004, the Tokyo District Court barred the metropolitan government from expropriating land for the 3 trillion yen project, saying the state approved the project despite lacking sufficient evidence that the project would alleviate traffic jams and serve the public interest.
Worse than the images were the inherited practices: the Nazis systematized and intensified Christianity's age-old methods of forced deracination and ghettoization, denying legal and economic rights, expropriating property, defiling synagogues, looting and destroying Jewish homes and businesses, burning sacred and secular Jewish literature, forcing the wearing of badges of dishonor, and visiting upon Jews humiliating assaults, unspeakable torture, and repeated massacres.
The habit of expropriating Arab properties continues till this day, accompanied by denying the now two million Arabs conquered after 1967 most civil rights.
Most people feel that the Chinese government has moved neither fast enough nor far enough in expropriating successful foreign ideas.
In expropriating and nationalizing the company's assets, the communist states of Eastern Europe assumed all of Generali's liabilities in these countries.
In light of the financial hardship that was by then starting to afflict Cyprus, the government found itself unable to pay the cost of expropriating the land and was starting to have second thoughts about the project.