usurp  

  • Definition of usurp

    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terorist act broke"  

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