replace

verb
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

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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In one plot, all palm trees were cleared and replaced with six native tree species. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019 The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, which drifted down from office buildings throughout Wednesday's parade, along with documents and spreadsheets folded into paper airplanes. Ali Swenson, baltimoresun.com, "‘I just want to be like them’: Fans celebrate World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team at NYC parade," 10 July 2019 The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, which drifted down from office buildings throughout Wednesday’s parade, along with documents and spreadsheets folded into paper airplanes. Ali Swenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field," 10 July 2019 Delta said the aircraft’s engine has been replaced and the plane was expected to return to service Wednesday morning. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Passengers pray as Delta flight forced to make emergency landing when plane’s engine failed," 10 July 2019 The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, which drifted down from office buildings throughout Wednesday’s parade, along with documents and spreadsheets folded into paper airplanes. Washington Post, "Fans celebrate World Cup champs, rally for equal pay," 10 July 2019 The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, already drifting down from office buildings before Wednesday's parade started. Ali Swenson, Houston Chronicle, "Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field," 10 July 2019 The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, already drifting down from office buildings before Wednesday’s parade started. Time, "Megan Rapinoe Swigs Champagne With Fans During Triumphant Women's World Cup Victory Parade," 10 July 2019 When Mount Vesuvius erupted, the explosion caused such extreme heat that victims' skulls exploded, their blood boiled and their muscles, flesh and brains were replaced with ash, according to a study published last year. Fox News, "Pompeii ruins 'hiding 10 unexploded WW2 bombs,' archaeologists warn," 9 July 2019

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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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More Definitions for replace

replace

verb

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)

replace

verb
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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