- (General American) IPA(key): /juˈsɝp/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /juːˈzɜːp/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)p
- To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
- To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
- To take the place rightfully belonging to someone or something else.
- c. 1619–1623, John Ford, “The Lavves of Candy”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: […] Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972, Act I, scene ii, page 52, column 1:
- But if now / You ſhould (as cruell fathers do) proclame / Your right, and Tyrant like uſurp the glory / Of my peculiar honours, not deriv'd / From ſucceſſary, but purchas'd with my bloud, / Then I muſt ſtand firſt Champion for my ſelfe, / Againſt all interpoſers.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar […], OCLC 928184292:
- Jones answered all his questions with much civility, though he never remembered to have seen the petty-fogger before; and though he concluded, from the outward appearance and behaviour of the man, that he usurped a freedom with his betters, to which he was by no means intitled.
- (obsolete) To make use of.