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 No one was injured, and property management is assisting residents who are displaced because of the fire, according to the release. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Late-night fire damages 14 apartment units on Legacy Drive in Frisco," 9 Feb. 2020 Rights groups say that at least 150,000 people have fled their homes in the past two weeks, bringing the total of those displaced since Dec. 1 to more than 500,000. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The Idlib crisis is a reminder that the Syrian war is not over," 6 Feb. 2020 Littlefield is part of the effort to send Southbridge II, a 10-acre development in Old Town that would have displaced more than 70 businesses, to a vote in November. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Bob Littlefield criticizes Scottsdale development decisions as he announces mayoral run," 29 Jan. 2020 What happens to the kid at Southport who gets displaced? Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "'As egregious of a violation... as I’ve seen' led to Southport basketball tournament ban," 18 Nov. 2019 Some 1,200 people have been killed and some 1.2 million displaced in the greatest challenge yet to Abiy's rule. Cara Anna, chicagotribune.com, "Ethiopian prime minister wins Nobel peace prize for effort to end two-decade border war with Eritrea," 11 Oct. 2019 Some 1,200 people have been killed and some 1.2 million displaced in the greatest challenge yet to Abiy's rule. Author: Elias Meseret, Cara Anna, Anchorage Daily News, "Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize," 11 Oct. 2019 That outcome underscored one of the biggest barriers to Guthrie’s work: Education and youth groups don’t always see climate change as having a direct link to children if they’re not being displaced by a disaster — and sometimes not even then. Jason Plautz, Washington Post, "The Environmental Burden of Generation Z," 3 Feb. 2020 How to help The following organizations are helping people and wildlife displaced by the fires. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Down Under donating proceeds to help Australia Zoo rescue animals from wildfires," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2020

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“Displace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displace. Accessed 29 Feb. 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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