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 replace (audio) \ adjective
replacer noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But those events didn’t replace 70 nights of baseball. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "3 Alabama cities invested more than $100 million on baseball stadiums," 2 May 2021 Ratings agencies assess these risks to provide financial markets with qualitative measures to assist investors but not to replace the investors’ own due diligence. Ed Hirs, Forbes, "Energy Producers And Consumers Face More Climate Disclosures," 26 Apr. 2021 Domenicali said the goal is not to replace NASCAR or IndyCar, but to complement them by offering something both have — personality and rivalry — while also offering a different appeal. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Can fast-growing Formula 1 become mainstream in the United States?," 24 Apr. 2021 Petrilli said the extra help is important but cannot replace what students need from core programs. Washington Post, "More than $1.8 billion flows into schools in the Washington region to help amid pandemic," 23 Apr. 2021 Despite the industry’s optimism, even its supporters stress that pellets cannot fully replace fossil fuels. New York Times, "There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.," 19 Apr. 2021 Li Bao, a deputy governor from the People's Bank of China, insisted Sunday night that the purpose of the digital version of the yuan was not to replace the US dollar or any other currency. James Griffiths, CNN, "Did China's former Premier just subtly criticize President Xi Jinping?," 19 Apr. 2021 Many were surprised Biden did not replace the cap by former President Donald Trump, having submitted a plan to Congress two months ago to quadruple that number. Zeke Miller, Star Tribune, "After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May," 16 Apr. 2021 Many were surprised Biden did not replace the cap by former President Donald Trump, having submitted a plan to Congress two months ago to quadruple that number. Author: Zeke Miller, Aamer Madhani, Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, "After outcry, White House says Biden will lift refugee cap in May," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Replace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replace. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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