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to claim presumptuously; to assume without right: arrogate the right to make decisions; to attribute or assign to another; ascribe
tr.v. ar·ro·gat·ed, ar·ro·gat·ing, ar·ro·gates
1. To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate: "That's how my cousin came to don the hand-tailored suits and to arrogate to himself the glamorous responsibility for ushering to their tables big-name customers" (Philip Roth). See Synonyms at appropriate.
2. To ascribe on behalf of another in an unwarranted manner: "The Platt Amendment of 1901 arrogated to the United States the right to intervene in Cuba in case of threats to its independence or American lives or property" (Walter McDougall).
1. (tr) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
2. (tr) to attribute or assign to another without justification
[C16: from Latin arrogāre, from rogāre to ask]
v.t. -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
1. to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right.
2. to attribute or assign to another; ascribe.
[1530–40; < Latin arrogātus, past participle of arrogāre to claim as a right =ar- ar- + rogāre to ask, propose]
Past participle: arrogated
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|Verb||1.||arrogate - demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to; "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter"; "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"|
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
pretend - put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"
requisition - demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
|2.||arrogate - make undue claims to having|
|3.||arrogate - 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"
arrogate[ˈærəʊgeɪt] VT to arrogate sth to o.s → arrogarse algo
arrogate[ˈærəgeɪt] (formal) vt
to arrogate sth to o.s. [+ right, privilege] → s'arroger qch