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usurp

u·surp

usurp

 
 
pronunciation:
yu suhrp [or] yu zuhrp
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: usurped, usurping, usurps
definition: to take and hold (a right, position, office, or the like) illegally, wrongfully, or by force.
While the king was away from the capital, his scheming brother usurped the throne.She felt her ex-husband's new wife was trying to usurp her authority over her children.
synonyms:
appropriate, expropriate
similar words:
annex, arrogate, capture, commandeer, condemn, grab, lay claim to, preempt, seize, supplant, take, wrest
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to seize a right, position, or the like forcibly, illegally, or wrongfully.
similar words:
encroach, expropriate, infringe, trespass
definition 2: to wrongfully use or take over another's property, authority, or the like.
similar words:
encroach, interlope, pirate, take, trespass
derivations: usurpingly (adv.), usurper (n.)