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verb re·place \ri-ˈplās\

Simple Definition of replace

  • : to be used instead of (something)

  • : to do the job or duty of (someone)

  • : to put someone or something new in the place or position of (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of replace

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to restore to a former place or position <replace cards in a file>

  3. 2 :  to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor

  4. 3 :  to put something new in the place of <replace a worn carpet>


play \-ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective



Examples of replace in a sentence

  1. Will computers ever completely replace books?

  2. Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags.

  3. She was hired to replace the previous manager.

  4. I replaced the old rug with a new one.

  5. They recently replaced the old phone system.

  6. The team's manager was replaced last season.

  7. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood.

  8. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired.

  9. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove.

  10. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf.


First Known Use of replace


Synonym Discussion of replace

replace, displace, supplant, supersede mean to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another. replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate <replaced the broken window>. displace implies an ousting or dislodging <war had displaced thousands>. supplant implies either a dispossessing or usurping of another's place, possessions, or privileges or an uprooting of something and its replacement with something else <was abruptly supplanted in her affections by another>. supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior <the new edition supersedes all previous ones>.

Rhymes with replace

abase, airspace, Alsace, ambsace, apace, backspace, best-case, biface, birthplace, blackface, boldface, bookcase, bootlace, braincase, briefcase, clubface, crankcase, cyclase, debase, deface, disgrace, displace, dogface, doughface, efface, embrace, emplace, encase, enchase, enlace, erase, euclase, firebase, fireplace, footpace, footrace, foreface, freebase, gyrase, half-space, hard case, headspace, hydrase, Jerez, kinase, lactase, lightface, lipase, lyase, maltase, manes, millrace, milreis, misplace, mutase, notecase, null-space, nutcase, outface, outpace, outrace, paleface, postface, Quilmes, scapegrace, shoelace, showcase, showplace, slipcase, smearcase, someplace, staircase, subbase, subspace, suitcase, tailrace, tenace, typeface, ukase, unbrace, unlace, watchcase, wheelbase, whey-face, whiteface, workplace, worst-case

REPLACE Defined for Kids


verb re·place \ri-ˈplās\

Definition of replace for Students



  1. 1 :  to put back in a former or proper place <Please replace your book on the shelf.>

  2. 2 :  to take the place of <DVDs have replaced videotape.>

  3. 3 :  to put something new in the place of <I'll gladly replace the broken dish.>

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an indentation on an edge or a surface

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