arrogate

To arrogate is to take over. When the teacher steps out of the classroom and some bossy student marches up to the chalkboard and begins scolding the other kids? The student is trying to arrogate the teacher's authority.

When someone takes control of something, often without permission, such as when a military general assumes the power of a country's government after getting rid of the previous leader, they arrogate power or control to themselves. Occasionally the verb arrogate means something like "assert one's right to," or take something that is deserved, but more often it implies a taking by force.

Definitions of arrogate
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v seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

Synonyms:
assume, seize, take over, usurp
Types:
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annex
take (territory) as if by conquest
appropriate, capture, conquer, seize
take possession of by force, as after an invasion
preoccupy
occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
hijack
seize control of
raid
take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
carry
capture after a fight
colonise, colonize
settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world
Type of:
take
take by force

v demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to

Synonyms:
claim, lay claim
claim, take
lay claim to; as of an idea
Antonyms:
forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime
Types:
pretend
put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
requisition
demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
assign
make undue claims to having
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v make undue claims to having

Synonyms:
assign
Type of:
claim, lay claim
demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to

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