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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web McCaffrey, a redshirt junior, replaced Patterson when the latter was injured in the 2018 season opener against Notre Dame and was No. 2 on the depth chart the past two seasons. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Josh Gattis opens up about Michigan football QB competition. Here's what he said," 14 May 2020 Board member Sarah Nash replaced Wexner as chairwoman. Mark Williams, USA TODAY, "Leslie Wexner steps down as chairman and CEO of L Brands," 14 May 2020 After Cairo Santos made 4-of-9 field-goal attempts, the Titans replaced him with Parkey, who went 3-for-3 on field goals – all from at least 40 yards and one from beyond 50 – and 5-for-6 on extra points in three games. Mark Inabinett |, al, "NFL free agents still waiting for places to play in 2020," 14 May 2020 As part of those moves, the company also replaced its original CEO in a wide-ranging corporate shake-up. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Mark Kelly's business subsidies, ties to Chinese tech firm under fire," 14 May 2020 Reed-Francois replaced Tina Kunzer-Murphy as UNLV athletic director in June 2017, when Kunzer-Murphy was reassigned to a new position with the UNLV Foundation. Dave Clark,, "Desiree Reed-Francois is one of two finalists for UCLA athletic director, per report," 14 May 2020 Trani replaces outgoing Superintendent Monica Goyette, who agreed last year to step down after the board amended her three-year, $175,000 contract to end her time as superintendent in June. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su schools have a new superintendent: An Oregon educator with Alaska history," 14 May 2020 Tiffany will replace former reality TV star Sean Duffy, a Republican who retired in September. Fox News, "GOP poised to retake Katie Hill's California seat, as Trump-backed candidate wins big in Wisconsin," 13 May 2020 One pack of these Swedish dishcloths replaces up to 150 rolls of paper towels. Braelyn Wood,, "These 7 Alternatives to Paper Towels Are the Perfect Sustainable Swap During the Shortage," 13 May 2020

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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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18 May 2020

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“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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)


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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