verb dis·place \(ˌ)dis-ˈplās, di-ˈsplās\

: to take the job or position of (someone or something)

: to force (people or animals) to leave the area where they live

: to remove (someone) from a job or position

Full Definition of DISPLACE

transitive verb
a :  to remove from the usual or proper place; specifically :  to expel or force to flee from home or homeland <displaced persons>
b :  to remove from an office, status, or job
c obsolete :  to drive out :  banish
a :  to move physically out of position <a floating object displaces water>
b :  to take the place of (as in a chemical reaction) :  supplant
dis·place·able \-ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DISPLACE

  1. The war has displaced thousands of people.
  2. The hurricane displaced most of the town's residents.
  3. The closing of the factory has displaced many workers.
  4. farming practices that displace large amounts of soil

Origin of DISPLACE

probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place
First Known Use: 1549


transitive verb dis·place \(ˈ)dis-ˈplās\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DISPLACE

a :  to remove from the usual or proper place <in heterotopia the gray portions of the cord are displaced so that patches of gray matter are scattered among the bundles of white fibers—R. L. Cecil et al> b :  to shift (an emotion or behavior) from a maladaptive or unacceptable object or form of outlet to a more adaptive or acceptable one <displace punishable behavior by directing it towards things that cannot punish—B. F. Skinner>
:  to set free from chemical combination by taking the place of <zinc displaces the hydrogen of dilute acids>
:  to subject to percolation


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