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Verb: usurp  yoo'zurp or yû'zurp or yû'surp
  1. Take control of (without authority and possibly with force); take as one's right or possession
    "he usurped my rights";
    - assume, seize, take over, arrogate
  2. Take the place of
    "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"

Derived forms: usurped, usurps, usurping

Type of: replace, supercede [non-standard], supersede, supervene upon, supplant, take

Encyclopedia: Usurp