replace

verb
re·​place | \ri-ˈplās \
replaced; replacing; replaces

Definition of replace 

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former place or position replace cards in a file

2 : to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor

3 : to put something new in the place of replace a worn carpet

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Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl \ adjective
replacer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for replace

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 replace in a Sentence

Will computers ever completely replace books? Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags. She was hired to replace the previous manager. I replaced the old rug with a new one. They recently replaced the old phone system. The team's manager was replaced last season. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf.
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Increasingly, these companies identify as protein companies, allowing you to not really have to fight or reinvent or replace the existing protein industry. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 The bet is that electric scooters, which users rent for an average of $3 to $4 a ride—will rapidly become popular and replace walking or driving for short trips. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Ford Buys Electric-Scooter Startup, Looking to Diversify Beyond Autos," 8 Nov. 2018 After all, Trump didn’t fire Mueller, or even replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The fall of the not-quite-Trumpers," 6 Nov. 2018 To-Do gets ink support: The bare-bones app that Microsoft hopes will eventually replace Wunderlist now supports inking. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds," 6 Nov. 2018 The femur, which stops replacing collagen usually in early adulthood, suggested a diet primarily of fish, typical of Iron Gates foragers. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 In this procedure, your doctor will remove diseased tooth pulp, may administer medication to clear up an infection, then will replace the pulp with a filling, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Actually Possible to Get Rid of Cavities Without Fillings?," 17 Oct. 2018 Of the group, only Booker hasn't called for ICE to be abolished, replaced or rebuilt. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'," 2 Oct. 2018 But no amount of filler can replace the life-changing transformation of a real nose job, especially for someone who has been struggling with their nose for decades. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Nose Job Before and After Is Wild," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of replace was in 1587

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More Definitions for replace

replace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of replace

: to be used instead of (something)

: to do the job or duty of (someone)

: to put someone or something new in the place or position of (someone or something)

replace

verb
re·​place | \ri-ˈplās \
replaced; replacing

Kids Definition of replace

1 : to put back in a former or proper place Please replace your book on the shelf.

2 : to take the place of DVDs have replaced videotape.

3 : to put something new in the place of I'll gladly replace the broken dish.

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