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 May, Georgetown University published a report showing the New York Police Department manipulated its facial recognition system by replacing an image of a suspect that was too blurry with an image of the actor Woody Harrelson. Wired, "Poll Finds Americans Trust Police Use of Facial Recognition," 5 Sep. 2019 Sushi-San is replacing its omaKAZE menu with a 45-minute, $45 omakase menu that will be available from 4-11 p.m. daily. Phil Vettel,, "Speedy sashimi: Sushi-San launches 45-minute, $45 omakase menu," 3 Sep. 2019 Baker is replacing 35 seniors from last year’s team. Ben Thomas |, al, "Coastal HS Football: 5 Mobile-area games to watch in Week 3," 2 Sep. 2019 Rather than thinking of the NSynth as something that could replicate or replace a traditional guitar or even synth within a composition, the band embraced its oddity and found more success. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album," 31 Aug. 2019 Outlook: Wharton, a longtime assistant and JV coach, is in for Tim Novotny after Novotny replaced Jim Horn as South Carroll’s AD. Pat Stoetzer,, "2019 Boys Soccer Preview Capsules," 31 Aug. 2019 The Blue Raiders also are replacing three of last season's starting offensive linemen. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Middle Tennessee State: Scouting report, prediction," 30 Aug. 2019 Boris Johnson, who replaced Theresa May as Prime Minister last month, has applied all of his cleverness to move the definition and practice of time-wasting to new extremes. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Parliamentary Runaround," 30 Aug. 2019 Teletubbies owner DHX Media has named former Marvel Enterprises president and CEO Eric Ellenbogen as CEO, replacing company founder Michael Donovan. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Teletubbies' Owner DHX Media Names Ex-Marvel Head Eric Ellenbogen CEO," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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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