1. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force;
    Take as one's right or possession (synset 202279327)
    "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"
  2. Take the place of (synset 202411417)
    "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"

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