Meaning of arrogate

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
  1. verb

    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one’s right or possession

    synonyms:

    assume, seize, take over, usurp

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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
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    take

    take by force

  2. verb

    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
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    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
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request

    express the need or desire for; ask for

  3. verb

    make undue claims to having

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    assign

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    type of:

    claim, lay claim

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

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