V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to seize or use something without authority; 2. to take the place of

Synonyms: hijack, preempt, take, force, seize, wrest, take over, assume

Antonyms: return, give, bestow

Tips: Usurp is derived from the Latin usurpare, which means "seize in order to use." Think of seizing something or taking it over without regard to rights, permission, or proper authority.

Usage Examples:

The media company employed by our client usurped our control over the clientís media schedule and implemented their own plan. (hijacked, seized, preempted)

It is not right for a government to usurp its people's rights. (take, wrest, seize)

She usurped my authority and changed the project plans without input from anyone else. (took, assumed)

In the advertising industry, itís not uncommon for members of the creative team to usurp otherís ideas and claim them as their own. (take, assume)

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