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Meaning & Definition of Usurp in English

English

Usurp

/jusərp/

verb

1. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force

  • Take as one's right or possession
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • assume
  • ,
  • usurp
  • ,
  • seize
  • ,
  • take over
  • ,
  • arrogate

2. Take the place of

  • "Gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"
    synonym:
  • usurp