HyperDic: usurp

English > 2 senses of the word usurp:
VERBpossessionusurp, assume, seize, take over, arrogateseize and take control without authority and possibly with force
socialusurptake the place of
usurp > pronunciation
Soundsyuw.ser'p
RhymesAntwerp ... slurp: 5 rhymes with erp...
English > usurp: 2 senses > verb 1, possession
Meaningseize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example "he usurped my rights"
Synonymsassume, seize, take over, arrogate
NarrowerannexTake (territory) as if by conquest
appropriate, capture, seize, conquerTake possession of by force, as after an invasion
hijackseize control of
preoccupyOccupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
raidtake over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
BroadertakeTake by force
Spanishanexar, apoderar, capturar, confiscar, embargar, incautar, usurpar
Catalanapoderar, capturar, confiscar, embargar, incautar, usurpar
Nounsusurpationwrongfully seizing / seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority)
usurperone who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another
English > usurp: 2 senses > verb 2, social
MeaningTake the place of.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"
Broadersupplant, replace, supersede, supervene uponTake the place or move into the position of
Spanishusurpar

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