Definition of displace
- displaced persons
- a floating object displaces water
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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First Known Use: 1549See Words from the same year
: to take the job or position of (someone or something)
: to force (people or animals) to leave the area where they live
: to remove (someone) from a job or position
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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