English verb: usurp
|1.||usurp (possession) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession|
|Samples||He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town.|
He usurped my rights.
She seized control of the throne after her husband died.
|Synonyms||arrogate, assume, seize, take over|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|Narrower (hyponym)||annex, appropriate, capture, conquer, hijack, preoccupy, raid, seize|
|2.||usurp (social) take the place of|
|Samples||Gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke.|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant|