from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate: synonym: appropriate.
  • transitive verb To ascribe on behalf of another in an unwarranted manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To claim or demand unduly or presumptuously; lay claim to in an overbearing manner: as, to arrogate power or dignity to one's self.
  • To lay claim to on behalf of another: as, to arrogate to the crown the privilege of issuing writs.
  • In Roman law, same as adrogate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To appropriate or lay claim to something for oneself without right.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make undue claims to having
  • verb demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
  • verb seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin arrogāre, arrogāt- : ad-, ad- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin arrogātus, perfect passive participle of adrogō, arrogō ("ask of, adopt, appropriate, assume"), from ad ("to") + rogō ("ask").


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  • JM shuts the arrogate after the steamroller.

    May 20, 2011