re·place·ment | \ri-ˈplās-mənt \

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?

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Sky Sports News are reporting that West Brom have found their replacement in Kyle Bartley, and the two clubs appear to be close to a deal that would see Bartley make the move to the Midlands., "West Brom Close to Securing £4m Deal for Swansea's Kyle Bartley to Address Defensive Concerns," 12 July 2018 Among their replacements — Mo Burnham, Reakwon Jones, Michael McGinnis, Thomas Allen, Dameon Willis — there is potential, but resumes are thin. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 His replacement threw wild pitches, which brought home a run. Nathan Cambridge,, "Burbank 8-10 All-Stars fend off Crescenta Valley again for D16 title," 12 July 2018 Its chief executive resigned on Wednesday after just four months in the post; by Thursday, his replacement, along with six members of the board, had also quit. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 The commission had also talked about a national search for his replacement. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "The vote was unanimous: She’s now Johnson County’s new manager," 12 July 2018 She will be temporarily replaced by her deputy, Pranesh Anthapur, while the company searches for her replacement, according to the Journal. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Uber’s HR chief steps down after reportedly ignoring racial discrimination complaints," 11 July 2018 Melara asked to be taken out of consideration for a reappointment last week, meaning Mayor-elect London Breed will get to nominate her replacement. Dominic Fracassa,, "Joe Marshall gets another shot at SF Police Commission — needs supes’ OK," 10 July 2018 Dion Lewis is gone, and although Michel is probably his direct replacement, don’t forget about how Burkhead played with Lewis around in 2017 — six games with three or more catches, eight total touchdowns and over four yards a carry. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "10 fantasy football sleepers we're irrationally excited about in 2018," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of replacement

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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