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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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