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 The Red Cross was assisting those displaced by the fire. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heavy thunderstorms prompt sewage overflow, at least one fire, flooding and power outages early Friday," 13 Sep. 2019 Al-Hol is a sprawling encampment for those displaced from the former ISIS territory in northeastern Syria. Arwa Damon And Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "A forgotten camp in Syria could be the birthplace of ISIS' revenge generation," 12 Sep. 2019 There are no shelters open in the state for those displaced by Hurricane Dorian, and the migration of Bahamians should be a federal concern — not Florida’s, the governor said. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Bahamians welcome in Florida — if they have documents and somewhere to stay, governor says," 10 Sep. 2019 The Red Cross of Massachusetts responded following a fire at 87 Madison Ave. to help those displaced by the blaze. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Officials investigate cause of Everett fire that left two dead, others displaced," 2 Sep. 2019 Almost half of those displaced, some of them multiple times, live in camps and reception centers in the open air or under trees. Washington Post, "Syrian army presses on in Idlib province as death toll rises," 29 Aug. 2019 Beyond compensation and relocation assistance for those directly displaced by new development, plans must include effective responses to the impact of gentrification and displacement. Leslye Corsiglia, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Google’s arrival must come with vision for downtown San Jose," 22 Aug. 2019 Villagers’ land was commandeered to house those displaced. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 And this fight for the land is increasingly one of them: both among those displaced from their land, and are threatened for speaking out. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "How this quiet region in Guatemala became the epicenter of migration," 26 July 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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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of displace was in 1549

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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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