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verb [transitive] formal     usurp pronunciation in American English
/juˈzɜrp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyusurp
he/she/itusurps
present participleusurping
past tenseusurped
past participleusurped
  1. to take a job or position that belongs to someone else without having the right to do this

    Ingham resented anyone who might try to usurp his authority.

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usurper

noun [countable]
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singularusurper
pluralusurpers
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