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 If the base dirt is soggy, crews will bring in good dirt to replace it. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, "Springdale gets street smart with overlay program," 17 Feb. 2021 After losing star receiver Denzel Mims, the Bears needed someone to replace him. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Baylor WR/TE outlook for 2021: Will R.J. Sneed become one of the Big 12′s top 3 receivers?," 15 Feb. 2021 The university will undergo a national search to replace him. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Cleveland State long-time academic leader will rejoin faculty in fall," 15 Feb. 2021 The community is still searching for the right words to replace it. Samantha Nobles-block, San Francisco Chronicle, "'A lifesaving thing': Hip-hop dance groups find new purpose amid pandemic," 12 Feb. 2021 An Amazon that doesn’t need as much from the post office or carriers like FedEx is an Amazon that may eventually compete with them more broadly, or even replace them. New York Times, "What, Exactly, Is Amazon Web Services?," 9 Feb. 2021 The ones who have seen how the narratives given to them since girlhood have failed them, and who know there is nothing to replace it all. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "The Insider Insights of “Detransition, Baby”," 31 Jan. 2021 These numbers pale in comparison to the other Democrats seeking to replace him, all of whom raised more than Mr. Vance. Deanna Paul, WSJ, "Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Unlikely to Run for Fourth Term," 25 Jan. 2021 For seating, some people buy inexpensive chairs and expect to replace them every couple of years. oregonlive, "Create a timeless outdoor living space to enjoy year-round with these tips from a pro," 25 Jan. 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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22 Feb 2021

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“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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