verb re·place \ ri-ˈplās \
Updated on: 28 Jan 2018

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


play \ri-ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective



Examples of replace in a Sentence

  1. Will computers ever completely replace books?

  2. Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags.

  3. She was hired to replace the previous manager.

  4. I replaced the old rug with a new one.

  5. They recently replaced the old phone system.

  6. The team's manager was replaced last season.

  7. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood.

  8. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired.

  9. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove.

  10. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf.

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First Known Use of replace


replace Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

REPLACE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of replace for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb re·place \ ri-ˈplās \

Definition of replace for Students

replaced; replacing
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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