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

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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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She was displaced from New Orleans due to the storm. al.com, "Carnival re-routes New Orleans-bound cruise ship to Mobile," 11 July 2019 So the company has begun hiring refugees — immigrants who had been displaced from their homeland and invited to the United States to begin a new life. Dallas News, "You’re hired! Refugees, who work here legally, can help dent Dallas-Fort Worth’s labor shortage," 7 July 2019 In Hinesville, where Caban lives, tensions have flared between local residents and an influx of Puerto Ricans displaced from their island home by Hurricane Maria. Fox News, "Lawsuit accuses Georgia of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants," 4 July 2019 Yes, unbelievably, the rank outsiders from Madagascar upset the books to beat three-time winners Nigeria 2-0 on Sunday, displacing them from atop Group B in the process. SI.com, "Africa Cup of Nations Group Stage Roundup: Benin Seal First Ever Knockout Spot as Ghana Top Group F," 3 July 2019 Two individuals were tubing and were displaced from their tubes, the first victim was rescued a short distance away. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "MillerCoors employee, emergency personnel rescue two tubers toppled in Clear Creek," 28 June 2019 The water hammer effect causes the pipe to displace from its equilibrium position. Sarah Harvey, Curbed, "The marble upstairs," 17 June 2019 In past disruptions, some of the workers displaced from manufacturing ended up stepping down into worse jobs into the service sector. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Globots and telemigrants: The new language of the future of work," 14 June 2019 The castle was sold in 1903 to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, who in turn sold it in the 1920’s to a community of Benedictine nuns displaced from Belgium during World War One. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 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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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


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


transitive verb
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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