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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Mike Lapper, the interim coach Arena replaced May 14, got the Revolution on track after a 2-8-2 start to the season. Frank Dell’apa,, "Revolution have regained their confidence under Bruce Arena," 13 June 2019 A few years ago the church replaced the roof, adding insulation in the process. Anchorage Daily News, "Repairs to downtown Anchorage church snowball after additional damage is found," 13 June 2019 For now, nothing replaces Alaska’s mobile radio network, said John Rockwell, a state official who worked on the plan. Washington Post, "New network for first responders raises concern among media," 13 June 2019 Cronin replaced Alford as the 10th full-time coach in Westwood since the late Wooden was on the sidelines from 1948 to 1975. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "UCLA coach Mick Cronin wants a national title — but doesn't care about the doubters," 13 June 2019 McLaughlin, a 1994 Alvin High School graduate and a four-year letterman at Texas A&M, replaces Noah Cardenas, who accepted another position in the Clear Creek Independent School District. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Softball: McLaughlin hired as Clear Brook head coach," 13 June 2019 The facility replaces constable and JP offices the county leased for decades, recently paying $26,000 per month for rent in a five-story office building on Tesoro Drive. Scott Huddleston,, "New county building offers security, convenience on San Antonio’s North Side," 13 June 2019 Dealers will replace the left and right toe links, which keep weight on the tires. CBS News, "Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups," 12 June 2019 In a political power move, Sen. Peter Courtney replaced Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose and co-chair of Ways and Means, for the vote., "Controversial cap & trade bill heads to Oregon House," 12 June 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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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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to take the place or position of

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