[ ar-uh-geyt ]
/ ˈær əˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), ar·ro·gat·ed, ar·ro·gat·ing.

to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right: to arrogate the right to make decisions.
to attribute or assign to another; ascribe.

Origin of arrogate

1530–40; < Latin arrogātus appropriated, assumed, questioned (past participle of arrogāre), equivalent to arrog- (ar- ar- + rog(āre) to ask, propose) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
Can be confusedabdicate abrogate arrogate derogate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arrogate


/ (ˈærəˌɡeɪt) /


(tr) to claim or appropriate for oneself presumptuously or without justification
(tr) to attribute or assign to another without justification
Derived Formsarrogation, nounarrogative (əˈrɒɡətɪv), adjectivearrogator, noun

Word Origin for arrogate

C16: from Latin arrogāre, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for arrogate



1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare "to claim for oneself" (see arrogance). Related: Arrogated; arrogating.

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