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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Recent Examples on the Web

Those in Edwardsville praised Dunn and applauded the failed effort to replace him. Dawn Rhodes,, "Southern Illinois University president ousted amid swirling controversy," 13 July 2018 Then replace it instead with Richardson holding out a contract and a pen. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Jerry Richardson's parting gift to fans, David Tepper: A statue of limitations," 10 July 2018 The Eradication Initiative would like to (ideally) phase out all oral vaccines by 2020, and replace them with injectable vaccine. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A vaccine we don’t even use anymore is a reason polio keeps spreading — yes, really," 4 July 2018 Braxton Berrios could replace Amendola's production as a slot receiver and returner more quickly than many might expect of a sixth rounder ... though Amendola's clutch factor in the playoffs is a different story. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Patriots training camp questions: Will rocky offseason carry over for AFC champions?," 13 July 2018 The Rocket Mortgage directly replaces the Quicken Loans National, Tiger’s tournament that had trouble drawing players and, as a result, sponsors. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 City officials want to demolish and replace the nearly 70-year-old market building, but the projects remains in the preliminary design phase. Brittany Britto,, "Lexington Market reopens after rat incident as customers seek pastry favorites," 14 July 2018 He was picked to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Washington but was replaced, because he is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Tigers on the final day before the all-star break. Stephen Ruiz,, "Justin Verlander, Kate Upton expect first child," 14 July 2018 Lou Gehrig replaced the Yankees’ Pipp at first base in 1925 to begin his legendary 2,130-game streak. Paul Sullivan,, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Oct 2018

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The first known use of replace was in 1587

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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 \
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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to reject or criticize sharply

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