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English verb: usurp

1. usurp (possession) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsarrogate, assume, seize, take over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)take


Narrower (hyponym)annex, appropriate, capture, conquer, hijack, preoccupy, raid, seize

2. usurp (social) take the place of


SamplesGloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant









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