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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)

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>

re·place·able play \-ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective
re·plac·er noun

Examples of replace

  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>.

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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