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

Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce replace (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web As for whether a good pair of ear buds could replace a hearing aid entirely — that depends, says Payal Anand, director of audiology at University of California San Francisco. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Shoot to replace 100% to 150% of your total losses, Pryor says. Tiffany Ayuda, SELF, 22 Sep. 2022 The new arrivals will replace astronauts living up there since early spring; the crew size eventually will settle back to seven. Marcia Dunn, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 Corum said after the Week 1 win against Colorado State when outsiders questioned who would replace Haskins. Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022 Thanks to the kingdom’s ongoing wars, Dahomey’s male population had dropped significantly, creating an opportunity for women to replace men on the battlefield. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep. 2022 When the iPhone 14 was announced last week and Apple showed off the new feature that allows users to text emergency responders via satellite, the internet erupted with headlines claiming that the iPhone WILL NOT replace the Garmin inReach. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 14 Sep. 2022 There is a crucial need for expansive, optimistic thinking to replace the polemical rancor that often distorts discussion today. David Frum, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2022 Many fans chanted for Mike White to replace Flacco last Sunday at MetLife Stadium — and took to social media and sports talk radio this week for the backup to play at Cleveland. Dennis Waszak Jr., Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for replace


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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