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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This hybrid aircraft is essentially what Lockheed Martin has pitched to Japan as a replacement for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's aging F-2 fighters—domestically produced fighters based on the F-16 design, slotted to retire by 2030. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch upgraded F-22, F-15," 26 Nov. 2018 President Donald Trump selected Whitaker as the temporary replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned at the president’s request earlier this month. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 COO Joe Ianniello is expected to be named interim CEO, but CBS’s board has consulted with an executive search firm to help find a long-term replacement for Moonves, Gasparino reported. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump says anonymous NY Times op-ed backfired; Kavanaugh hearings could wrap up Friday," 7 Sep. 2018 City attempted to sign the Algerian winger in January following an injury to Leroy Sane but were rejected by Leicester due to the lack of time to find a replacement and the two clubs' inability to settle on acceptable fee for the winger., "Leicester Set to Reward Star Defender With New Contract to Ward Off Interest From Other Clubs," 11 July 2018 Part of the challenge with getting rid of Sativa is that LAFCO would have to find a suitable replacement. Ruben Vives,, "Abolishing a water district isn't easy — even when it's accused of nepotism, mismanagement and delivering brown water," 7 July 2018 But activists believe the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling could be overturned following Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement and President Donald Trump's promise to quickly find a conservative replacement. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona still has a law banning abortion on the books," 7 July 2018 Friedman and Porto work for the search firm BWP & Associates, which was hired to find replacements for both Brown and Cerauli. Rick Kambic,, "Hawthorn 73 hires two interim superintendents amid referendum push," 2 July 2018 In her statement, Nielsen thanked Homan, who planned to retire when former President Barack Obama left office but decided to stay until Mr. Trump found a replacement. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "ICE names new acting director amid immigration turmoil," 30 June 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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