arrogate (v.)

  1. demand as being ones due or property; assert ones right or title to; He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter; Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident

    [ Syn: claim , lay claim ]

  2. make undue claims to having

    [ Syn: assign ]

  3. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as ones 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 , usurp , seize , take over ]

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