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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Recent Examples on the Web The 36-year-old Neander became the Rays’ general manager in November 2016 and one year later replaced Matt Silverman as the team’s top baseball official. BostonGlobe.com, "Yordan Álvarez," 12 Nov. 2019 Rookie Ryan Finley replaced Dalton as the starter for Sunday’s game. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Other NFL teams can try, but Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is too rare to be duplicated," 10 Nov. 2019 This hurt Jamaican banks and businesses, which had replaced foreigners as the biggest lenders. The Economist, "Jamaica’s tumultuous relationship with the IMF has a happy ending," 9 Nov. 2019 As cremation continues to replace burial as a go-to way of dealing with the dead, the emissions that come along with this process have become a concern—so much so that people are starting to consider some wild-sounding alternatives. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 Silica aims to replace both tape and optical archival discs as the media of choice for large-scale, (very) long duration cold storage. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s Project Silica offers robust thousand-year storage," 7 Nov. 2019 South Bend, Indiana — A top aide and high school friend of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will replace him as mayor of his Indiana hometown. CBS News, "Pete Buttigieg's aide and friend elected to replace him as South Bend mayor," 6 Nov. 2019 Facebook had overtaken Orkut as the young people’s primary addiction, and mobile phones replaced cybercafes as the powerful portals of entertainment. Payal Arora, Quartz, "The biggest myths about the next billion internet users," 5 Nov. 2019 Chris Kempczinski, former president of McDonald's USA, will replace Easterbrook as chief executive. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. markets close at record highs, extending November’s record-setting start," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of replace was in 1587

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replace

verb
How to pronounce replace (audio)

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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