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supplant

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transitive verb sup·plant \sə-ˈplant\

Simple Definition of supplant

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

Full Definition of supplant

  1. 1 :  to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery

  2. 2a (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 play \(ˌ)sə-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən\ noun
sup·plant·er play \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

Synonym Discussion of supplant

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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