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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 usurp /jʊˈsɝp ||ˈzɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 U·surp, v. i. To commit forcible seizure of place, power, functions, or the like, without right; to commit unjust encroachments; to be, or act as, a usurper.
    The parish churches on which the Presbyterians and fanatics had usurped.   --Evelyn.
 And now the Spirits of the Mind
 Are busy with poor Peter Bell;
 Upon the rights of visual sense
 Usurping, with a prevalence
 More terrible than magic spell.   --Wordsworth.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 U·surp v. t. [imp. & p. p. Usurped p. pr. & vb. n. Usurping.]  To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right; as, to usurp a throne; to usurp the prerogatives of the crown; to usurp power; to usurp the right of a patron is to oust or dispossess him.
    Alack, thou dost usurp authority.   --Shak.
    Another revolution, to get rid of this illegitimate and usurped government, would of course be perfectly justifiable.   --Burke.
 Note:Usurp is applied to seizure and use of office, functions, powers, rights, etc.; it is not applied to common dispossession of private property.
 Syn: -- To arrogate; assume; appropriate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: seize and take control without authority and possibly with
           force; take as one's right or possession; "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" [syn: assume, seize,
           take over, arrogate]
      2: take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party
         after the news of the terorist act broke"