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
Recent Examples of displace from the Web
About 900,000 of the city’s 2m people have been displaced; 700,000 are still homeless.
The new Zumwalt-class destroyers displace 14,500 tons but the U.S. Navy still insists on calling them destroyers.
The housing authority initially used the site as residences for public housing residents who had been displaced by the demolition of the large Clarksdale development.
The idea behind an emergency fund is not to displace efforts to combat infectious disease but to ramp them up to meet a crushing temporary need.
As Tropical Storm Cindy moves into Alabama, bringing potential flooding to the state, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is reminding residents to be wary of displaced, sometimes floating, fire ant colonies during and after flooding.
What appears to have been a clothes-dryer fire in a Cooper City garage has displaced a mother, her three daughters and their three dogs, officials said Friday.
More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians died in the conflict, and more than 1 million were displaced from their homes.
The Syrian civil war is the 21st century's deadliest conflict so far, with more than 450,000 killed and 12 million displaced.
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Origin and Etymology of displace
probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place
First Known Use: 1549See Words from the same year
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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