replace

verb
re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
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 How to pronounce replaceable (audio) \ 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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Brexiteers in the Conservative Party are still plotting to remove May and replace her with a more strongly pro-Brexit leader, such as former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order directing city agencies to end buying single-use plastic food containers and cutlery and replace them with compostable or recyclable alternatives. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "New York City Agencies to End Reliance on Single-Use Plastic," 11 Apr. 2019 During the '20s and '30s, people tried to do away with both Mother's Day and Father's Day and replace them with Parents’ Day instead. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Father's Day? Here's How Long You Have to Pick out the Perfect Gift for Dad," 3 Apr. 2019 The agony of the cross has been replaced by the ecstasy of the Resurrection. Morin Bishop, Woman's Day, "What’s an Easter Sunrise Service? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 22 Mar. 2019 GreenTechMedia wrote that the wind farm's previous owner wanted to scrap the current wind farm and replace it with 10 turbines at five megawatts (MW) apiece. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast," 30 Dec. 2018 Prominent people keep publicly quitting the network — most recently Verge alum Walt Mossberg — but there are thousands of new users arriving every minute to replace them. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "What’s wrong with Facebook and how to fix it," 27 Dec. 2018 Gone are the snakes and army greens of the Reputation era, replaced with baby pinks and powder blues ahead of some sort of reveal on Friday, April 26. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore $59 Shorts With $650 Sneakers," 23 Apr. 2019 However, after they were defeated in the Battle of the Bastards, it was replaced with the Stark sigil of a direwolf head. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Title Sequence Is Completely Different," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 How to pronounce replace (audio) \
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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