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

Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce replace (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Sophomore Evan Prater and senior Ben Bryant continued their battle to see who will replace Desmond Ridder as Cincinnati's starting quarterback. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 7 Aug. 2022 Tritium boosts the power of modern thermonuclear weapons but decays often enough that the National Nuclear Security Administration must regularly replace the tritium reservoirs of each active weapon in the U.S. arsenal. Tribune News Service, al, 6 Aug. 2022 Hang a small chandelier with crystal drops over the vanity for a sophisticated focal point, or replace harsh bulb strips around a mirror with sleek sconces for an immediate update. Sarah Egge, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 Beijing may see that as an easy trade-off since the government can replace overseas financing with its own capital to serve its own ends. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 The biggest concern for the team is along an offensive line that must replace three starters. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 Wu offered to partner with the T on any diversion plan, such as by allowing buses that would replace subway service to use dedicated lanes on city streets. Shirley Leung,, 3 Aug. 2022 The next step is to bring your car into a car mechanic who will be able to better asses the vehicle and replace the oil. Megan Marples, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 This is because the $799 iPhone 14 will replace the $699 iPhone 13 Mini as the entry-level model, and the $899 iPhone 14 Max will take the place of the $799 iPhone 13. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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