verb (used with object)

  1. to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
  2. to put again in possession of something: to repossess the Bourbons of their throne.

verb (tr)

  1. to take back possession of (property), esp for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement
  2. to restore ownership of (something) to someone

1580s, from re- + possession.


late 15c., “to reoccupy;” see re- “back, again” + possess. Meaning “take back from a purchaser who defaults on payments” first recorded 1933. Related: Repossessed; repossessing.

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