re·​place·​ment | \ ri-ˈplās-mənt How to pronounce replacement (audio) \

Definition of replacement

1 : the action or process of replacing : the state of being replaced
2 : one that replaces another especially in a job or function

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Examples of replacement in a Sentence

We need a replacement for our old vacuum cleaner. Where can we get replacement parts for the tractor?
Recent Examples on the Web The project also includes extending eastbound Highway 4’s carpool lane approximately 2 miles, installation of safety lighting, and replacement of the Grayson Creek Bridge. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Bottleneck at San Pablo Dam Road and Interstate 80 is a constant pain: Roadshow," 4 Sep. 2019 In our view, an updated rule should require corrosion control, identification and replacement of lead lines, specific sampling procedures and better public education. Maura C. Allaire, The Conversation, "How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all," 3 Sep. 2019 Versatility might win out normally, but if Da’Shawn Hand’s arm injury is expected to linger, Loewen would be the logical one-for-one replacement and choice to make the 53. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Josh Johnson makes case for winning backup QB job," 30 Aug. 2019 President Trump has chosen a replacement and the White House is expected to disclose the nominee any day. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Federal Judge Christopher Droney to leave U.S. Circuit Court for position with Hartford law firm," 27 Aug. 2019 Other installments include concession stand renovations, seatback chair installation, C-Deck portable urinal installation, replacement of carpeting, and installation of new LED boards, speakers, televisions and directional signage. Stephen Means,, "Ohio State among Urban Meyer’s College Football Playoff teams: Buckeye Breakfast," 27 Aug. 2019 SpaceX decided not to bother making a replacement and instead to do tests without a nose cone, giving the rocket its stubby water tower appearance. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX Starhopper rocket takes a bigger hop as Elon Musk prepares for Mars," 27 Aug. 2019 The mission, just the first flight of an Atlas V rocket in 2019, had been delayed by nearly two months after a battery needed replacement and another component malfunctioned. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The latest US military satellite launch is a Space Force preview," 8 Aug. 2019 Crews were removing an old, deteriorated section of pipe as part of a larger project that includes pump replacement and upgrades. Dallas News, "Sewer overflow dumps into Plano's Cottonwood Creek; well owners urged to boil water," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of replacement

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of replacement was in 1743

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English Language Learners Definition of replacement

: the act of replacing something
: a person or thing that replaces someone or something else


re·​place·​ment | \ ri-ˈplās-mənt How to pronounce replacement (audio) \

Kids Definition of replacement

1 : the act of putting back, taking the place of, or substituting : the state of being put back or substituted



Legal Definition of replacement

1a : the act of replacing : the state of being replaced
b : an insurer's option under a policy to replace or repair damaged property rather than pay the insured for the loss
2 : something that replaces specifically : a new fixed asset or portion of an asset that takes the place of one discarded (as because of deterioration)

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