re·​place ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio)
replaced; replacing; replaces

transitive verb

: to restore to a former place or position
replace cards in a file
: to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor
: to put something new in the place of
replace a worn carpet
replaceable 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web On May 10, 1940, alone, the German Lufthansa bombed Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg; while, on the same day, Churchill replaced Chamberlain as U.K. Prime Minister; to cover the news effectively, all had to be included, at the same time, in any meaningful portrayal of what was taking place. Bill Fischer, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The timing is especially ripe now, Payne pointed out, as Gen Zers are more likely to consider replacing their alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2024 Across the West, the implementation of large- and small-scale solutions could greatly reduce the demand on the Colorado, from replacing lawns with native plants to updating antiquated water-rights laws to transforming the industrial agriculture that consumes the bulk of the river’s water. Cassidy Randall, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2024 Vitez said part of the money will go toward replacing the tools. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 In the new one, two young girls replace her image as a message to a new generation. Alexandra Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2024 Why replacing Biden with Newsom or some ‘mythical perfect Democrat’ is unlikely. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The company last year launched its own AI chatbot assistant, known as Bard, but recently retired that name and replaced it with a similar service, Gemini. Kelvin Chan, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2024 The surveillance state, then, may be replaced by something much worse. Minxin Pei, Foreign Affairs, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of replace was in 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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re·​place ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio)
: to put back in a proper or former place
replace a card in a file
: to take the place of
paper money has replaced gold coins
: to put something new in the place of
replace a broken dish
replaceable adjective

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