- To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority. See Synonyms at appropriate. (verb-transitive)
- To take over or occupy without right: usurp a neighbor's land. (verb-transitive)
- To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant. (verb-transitive)
- To seize another's place, authority, or possession wrongfully. (verb-intransitive)
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