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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Southwestern cuisine is served in the dining hall and on certain evenings, a cookout with live music, javelina sightings, and plenty of prickly pear margaritas replace a traditional dinner. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019 John Legend will now serve as a coach for season 16, replacing the one and only Jennifer Hudson. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's Why Jennifer Hudson Isn't Coming Back for 'The Voice' Season 16," 31 Dec. 2018 Material’s customers include millennials who want to upgrade and people who’ve owned their knives for 40 years and need them replaced. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Some say Congress should replace these time-consuming hearings with talks that work toward solutions. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Here’s what Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained to Congress," 12 Dec. 2018 Cushions are scattered on soft seating and plain white and wooden tables have been replaced with attractive mosaic ones. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Tells the Women of the Hubb Community Kitchen She's So "Happy" to Be Pregnant," 21 Nov. 2018 The screen brightness toggle - one of the Action Center buttons—has been changed from a series of buttons toggling through various brightness levels, and replaced with a slider. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 But despite an agreement that appears to repair fraying U.S.-Turkish ties, competing interests of other foreign powers in Syria threaten to upend the plan, as does Turkey’s ability and willingness to fully replace the U.S. mission. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Turkey Amasses Troops, Tanks on Syria Border as It Plans to Take Over ISIS Fight," 24 Dec. 2018 With such a tool, reasoned Stark, alternative revenue streams could be built to replace the ad dollars that monetize so much of the content on the web today. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 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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