AskDefine | Define arrogate

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1 demand as being one's due or property; assert one's 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] [ant: forfeit]
2 make undue claims to having [syn: assign]
3 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" [syn: assume, usurp, seize, take over]

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  1. To appropriate or lay claim to something for oneself without right.


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To appropriate or lay claim to something without right

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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