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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 ?
In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense.
I chiefly fed mine eyes with beholding the destroyers of tyrants and usurpers, and the restorers of liberty to oppressed and injured nations.
"This tulip has already been claimed by usurpers. It's true that it is worth a hundred thousand guilders."
I say at once there are fewer difficulties in holding hereditary states, and those long accustomed to the family of their prince, than new ones; for it is sufficient only not to transgress the customs of his ancestors, and to deal prudently with circumstances as they arise, for a prince of average powers to maintain himself in his state, unless he be deprived of it by some extraordinary and excessive force; and if he should be so deprived of it, whenever anything sinister happens to the usurper, he will regain it.
"The honorable, the king's attorney, is informed by a friend of the throne and religion, that one Edmond Dantes, mate of the ship Pharaon, arrived this morning from Smyrna, after having touched at Naples and Porto-Ferrajo, has been intrusted by Murat with a letter for the usurper, and by the usurper with a letter for the Bonapartist committee in Paris.
Why, they are sending ambassadors to compliment the usurper."
"The Emperor Alexander," said she, with the melancholy which always accompanied any reference of hers to the Imperial family, "has declared that he will leave it to the French people themselves to choose their own form of government; and I believe that once free from the usurper, the whole nation will certainly throw itself into the arms of its rightful king," she concluded, trying to be amiable to the royalist emigrant.
And if the usurper had been recognized by Anne of Austria, he would still have been - her son.
As she progressed with her practice, she was surprised to see how steadily and surely the awe which had kept her tongue reverent and her manner humble toward her young master was transferring itself to her speech and manner toward the usurper, and how similarly handy she was becoming in transferring her motherly curtness of speech and peremptoriness of manner to the unlucky heir of the ancient house of Driscoll.
Earnshaw's death, which happened in less than two years after, the young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parent's affections and his privileges; and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries.
He told that a team of Anti-Corruption Department, Divisional Administration, and Police recovered the land from the possession of illegal usurpers and handed over to the Irrigation Department.