Definition of displace
1a : to remove from the usual or proper place; specifically : to expel or force to flee from home or homeland displaced personsb : to remove from an office, status, or jobc obsolete : to drive out : banish
2a : to move physically out of position a floating object displaces waterb : to take the place of (as in a chemical reaction) : supplant
displaceableplay \-ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective
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
Origin and Etymology of displace
probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place
First Known Use: 1549
Synonym Discussion of displace
DISPLACE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of displace for English Language Learners
: 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
DISPLACE Defined for Kids
Definition of displace for Students
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.
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 alb: 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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