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3 definitions found
 for arrogate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arrogate \Ar"ro*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arrogated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Arrogating.] [L. arrogatus, p. p. of adrogare,
     arrogare, to ask, appropriate to one's self; ad + rogare to
     ask. See Rogation.]
     To assume, or claim as one's own, unduly, proudly, or
     presumptuously; to make undue claims to, from vanity or
     baseless pretensions to right or merit; as, the pope
     arrogated dominion over kings.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           He arrogated to himself the right of deciding
           dogmatically what was orthodox doctrine. --Macaulay.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  arrogate
      v 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,
           arrogate] [ant: forego, forfeit, forgo, give up,
           throw overboard, waive]
      2: make undue claims to having [syn: arrogate, 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, arrogate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "arrogate":
     accroach, adopt, annex, appropriate, assume, assume command,
     colonize, commandeer, confiscate, conquer, encroach, enslave,
     expropriate, grab, hog, indent, infringe, invade, jump a claim,
     make free with, make use of, monopolize, mount the throne, occupy,
     overrun, play God, preempt, preoccupy, prepossess, pretend to,
     requisition, seize, seize power, seize the throne, sequester,
     sit on, squat on, subjugate, take, take all of, take charge,
     take command, take it all, take over, take possession of,
     take the helm, take the lead, take up, trespass, usurp
  
  

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