displace

verb
dis·​place | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplās How to pronounce displace (audio) , di-ˈsplās \
displaced; displacing; displaces

Definition of displace

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to move physically out of position a floating object displaces water
b : to take the place of (as in a chemical reaction) : supplant

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Other Words from displace

displaceable \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce displaceable (audio) , di-​ˈsplā-​ \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for displace

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

Examples of displace in a Sentence

The war has displaced thousands of people. The hurricane displaced most of the town's residents. The closing of the factory has displaced many workers. farming practices that displace large amounts of soil
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Recent Examples on the Web These women came together in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy to cook meals for their families and neighbours who had been displaced from the fire. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Post on Social Media for the First Time Since Their Resignation," 10 Jan. 2020 Refugees, people who are displaced, immigration, race issues, poverty issues, drug addiction, the prison system. Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Became a Photojournalist: Lynsey Addario on Life on the Road," 7 Jan. 2020 The zoo's hospital has treated more than 90,000 animals, many of which had been displaced or injured by the wildfires. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Down Under donating proceeds to help Australia Zoo rescue animals from wildfires," 7 Jan. 2020 The local relief group has also said that more than 8,000 families were displaced after violence erupted in the region. Washington Post, "Sudanese military plane crashes in west Darfour, 16 killed," 3 Jan. 2020 Before the ground offensive began last Thursday, the United Nation reported that some 60,000 Idlib residents had already been displaced since the government’s bombing campaign began late last month. BostonGlobe.com, "The Syrian Response Coordination Group, a relief group active in northwestern Syria, said 216,632 people have fled their homes, many of them with no specific place to go. Many have been heading toward the Turkish border for safety.," 26 Dec. 2019 Eleven people were displaced from a single-family home in Clackamas on Christmas Day when a fire that started in the basement worked its way up into the attic, said Tammy Owen, a Clackamas Fire District 1 spokeswoman. oregonlive, "Clackamas house fire displaces 11 people, no injuries," 26 Dec. 2019 Before the ground offensive began last Thursday, the U.N. reported that some 60,000 Idlib residents had already been displaced since the government's bombing campaign began late last month. Arkansas Online, "Relief group says over 200,000 people flee fighting in Syria," 25 Dec. 2019 The apartment building is uninhabitable and all residents have been displaced, the sheriff’s office said. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Jefferson County arson suspect being held on 47 criminal charges, including attempted first-degree murder," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of displace

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for displace

probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place

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The first known use of displace was in 1549

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16 Jan 2020

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“Displace.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displace. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for displace

displace

verb
How to pronounce displace (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of displace

: to take the job or position of (someone or something)
: to force (people or animals) to leave the area where they live
chiefly US : to remove (someone) from a job or position

displace

verb
dis·​place | \ dis-ˈplās How to pronounce displace (audio) \
displaced; displacing

Kids Definition of displace

1 : to remove from the usual or proper place The fire displaced many forest animals.
2 : to take the place of : replace Chess displaced checkers as his favorite game.
3 : to move out of position A floating object displaces water.

Other Words from displace

displacement \ -​mənt \ noun
dis·​place | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈplās How to pronounce displace (audio) \
displaced; displacing

Medical Definition of displace

1a : 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
2 : to set free from chemical combination by taking the place of zinc displaces the hydrogen of dilute acids
3 : to subject to percolation

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