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u·surp

 (yo͞o-sûrp′, -zûrp′)
v. u·surped, u·surp·ing, u·surps
v.tr.
1. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
2. To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land.
3. To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
v.intr.
To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

[Middle English usurpen, from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre, to take into use, usurp; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

u·surp′er n.
u·surp′ing·ly adv.

usurp

(juːˈzɜːp)
vb
to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority
[C14: from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpāre to take into use, probably from ūsus use + rapere to seize]
ˌusurˈpation n
uˈsurpative, uˈsurpatory adj
uˈsurper n

u•surp

(yuˈsɜrp, -ˈzɜrp)

v.t.
1. to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right.
2. to use without authority or right.
v.i.
3. to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Latin ūsūrpāre to take possession of without legal claim =ūsū use + -ripāre, derivative of rapere to seize]
u•surp′er, n.

usurp


Past participle: usurped
Gerund: usurping

Imperative
usurp
usurp
Present
I usurp
you usurp
he/she/it usurps
we usurp
you usurp
they usurp
Preterite
I usurped
you usurped
he/she/it usurped
we usurped
you usurped
they usurped
Present Continuous
I am usurping
you are usurping
he/she/it is usurping
we are usurping
you are usurping
they are usurping
Present Perfect
I have usurped
you have usurped
he/she/it has usurped
we have usurped
you have usurped
they have usurped
Past Continuous
I was usurping
you were usurping
he/she/it was usurping
we were usurping
you were usurping
they were usurping
Past Perfect
I had usurped
you had usurped
he/she/it had usurped
we had usurped
you had usurped
they had usurped
Future
I will usurp
you will usurp
he/she/it will usurp
we will usurp
you will usurp
they will usurp
Future Perfect
I will have usurped
you will have usurped
he/she/it will have usurped
we will have usurped
you will have usurped
they will have usurped
Future Continuous
I will be usurping
you will be usurping
he/she/it will be usurping
we will be usurping
you will be usurping
they will be usurping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been usurping
you have been usurping
he/she/it has been usurping
we have been usurping
you have been usurping
they have been usurping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been usurping
you will have been usurping
he/she/it will have been usurping
we will have been usurping
you will have been usurping
they will have been usurping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been usurping
you had been usurping
he/she/it had been usurping
we had been usurping
you had been usurping
they had been usurping
Conditional
I would usurp
you would usurp
he/she/it would usurp
we would usurp
you would usurp
they would usurp
Past Conditional
I would have usurped
you would have usurped
he/she/it would have usurped
we would have usurped
you would have usurped
they would have usurped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.usurp - seize and take control without authority and possibly with forceusurp - 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"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
annex - take (territory) as if by conquest; "Hitler annexed Lithuania"
appropriate, conquer, seize, capture - take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
preoccupy - occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"
hijack - seize control of; "they hijacked the judicial process"
raid - take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock; "T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"
2.usurp - take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"
supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, replace - take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"

usurp

verb seize, take over, assume, take, appropriate, wrest, commandeer, arrogate, infringe upon, lay hold of Did she usurp his place in his mother's heart?

usurp

verb
To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right:
Translations
يَغْتَصِب
přisvojit siuchvátit
bemægtige sigtilrane sig
uzurpi
bitorol
hrifsa völd
usurpare
uzurpatorius
sagrābtuzurpēt
usurpere
gasp etmekzorla almak

usurp

[juːˈzɜːp] VTusurpar

usurp

[juːˈzɜːrp] vt [+ role, place, power] → usurper

usurp

vtsich (dat)widerrechtlich aneignen, usurpieren (geh); power, title, inheritance alsoan sich (acc)reißen; thronesich bemächtigen (+gen) (geh); rolesich (dat)anmaßen; personverdrängen; he usurped his fatherer hat seinen Vater verdrängt; she has usurped his wife’s placesie hat seine Frau von ihrem Platz verdrängt

usurp

[juːˈzɜːp] vtusurpare

usurp

(juˈzəːp) verb
to take (another person's power, position etc) without the right to do so. The king's uncle tried to usurp the throne; I shall not allow him to usurp my authority.
uˈsurper noun
References in classic literature ?
Were he to subdue a part, that which would still remain free might oppose him with forces independent of those which he had usurped and overpower him before he could be settled in his usurpation.
The physical organization, its decay, the indestructibility of matter, the law of the conservation of energy, evolution, were the words which usurped the place of his old belief.
Those who maintain the affirmative ought at least to mark the boundary between authorized and usurped innovations; between that degree of change which lies within the compass of ALTERATIONS AND FURTHER PROVISIONS, and that which amounts to a TRANSMUTATION of the government.
Or if there be a man whose propensity to condemn is susceptible of no control, let me then ask what sentence he has in reserve for the twelve States who USURPED THE POWER of sending deputies to the convention, a body utterly unknown to their constitutions; for Congress, who recommended the appointment of this body, equally unknown to the Confederation; and for the State of New York, in particular, which first urged and then complied with this unauthorized interposition?
I beg to announce to your glorious highness," began the Scarecrow, in a solemn voice, "that my Emerald City has been overrun by a crowd of impudent girls with knitting-needles, who have enslaved all the men, robbed the streets and public buildings of all their emerald jewels, and usurped my throne.
Then," declared Glinda, "the throne of the Emerald City belongs neither to you nor to Jinjur, but to this Pastoria from whom the Wizard usurped it.
The heir, whose rights he had usurped, was the heir who would now have the estate.
In the meantime, usurped royalty was playing out its part bravely at Vaux.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said the BJP had usurped power in Meghalaya through proxy.
Mamnoon emphasised that it is necessary to ensure the supremacy of rule of law because when the powerful in different segments of society plunder national resources, the economic, political and social rights of the people are usurped.
But I'm disappointed that, yet again, America has usurped our language as it has usurped our high streets with Coca Cola and Big Macs.
They, however, never delivered profits and instead usurped investment of their clients.