transitive verb sup·plant \sə-ˈplant\

: to take the place of (someone or something that is old or no longer used or accepted)

Full Definition of SUPPLANT

:  to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery
a (1) obsolete :  uproot (2) :  to eradicate and supply a substitute for <efforts to supplant the vernacular>
b :  to take the place of and serve as a substitute for especially by reason of superior excellence or power
sup·plan·ta·tion \(ˌ)sə-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən\ noun
sup·plant·er \sə-ˈplan-tər\ noun

Examples of SUPPLANT

  1. <old traditions that were fading away and being supplanted by modern ways>

Origin of SUPPLANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French supplanter, from Latin supplantare to trip up, cause to stumble, from sub- + planta sole of the foot — more at place
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SUPPLANT

cut out, displace, displant, relieve, substitute, supersede, replace
See Synonym Discussion at replace


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