From Middle English usurpen, from Old French usurper, from Latin ūsūrpō.



usurp (third-person singular simple present usurps, present participle usurping, simple past and past participle usurped)

  1. To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
  2. To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
  3. To take the place rightfully belonging to someone or something else.
  4. (obsolete) To make use of.
    • 1653, Henry More, “appendix”, in An Antidote against Atheisme, or An Appeal to the Natural Faculties of the Minde of Man, whether There Be Not a God, London: [] Roger Daniel, [], OCLC 228721837:
      " [] especially considering that even Matter it self, in which they tumble and wallow, which they feel with their hands and usurp with all their Senses [] "

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