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Verb usurp has 2 senses
  1. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate - 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"
    --1 is one way to take
    Derived forms: noun usurpation2, noun usurper1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. usurp - take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terorist act broke"
    --2 is one way to
    supplant, replace, supersede, supervene upon
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
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