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?

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Qualcomm on Tuesday named David Wise, its senior vice president and treasurer as interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent replacement for Mr. Davis. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Intel Again Turns to Outsider CFO As Chip Maker Advances Shift Away From PCs," 3 Apr. 2019 After Lisa Ling left the panel, Barbara Walters quickly began searching for a replacement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Really Happened on 'The View' Between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell," 27 Mar. 2019 Knowlton will begin a search for a replacement with former Cal star Jason Kidd, UC Irvine coach Russell Turner and Nevada coach Eric Musselman expected to be among the candidates. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Cal fires coach Wyking Jones after 2 8-win seasons," 24 Mar. 2019 If your juice is included in the recall, World Waters will provide you with a coupon for a replacement with proof of purchase. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Cold-Pressed Watermelon Water Recalled for Potentially Containing Plastic," 12 Feb. 2019 Square, meanwhile, will hunt for Friar’s replacement with the help of a few of its board members. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor — which means she won’t become the CEO of Square," 10 Oct. 2018 The fight is over which hospitals can get paid by the federal government to perform the procedure, often referred to as TAVR, for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Smaller Hospitals Press for Chance to Offer Heart-Valve Procedure," 16 Mar. 2019 The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation, HP ProBook 4xx G5 series, HP ENVY 15, HP Mobile Thin Clients (mt21, mt22, and mt31), or for any of the products listed above. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP recalls 78,500 more laptop batteries because of fire concerns," 13 Mar. 2019 And now, just recently, Jenna was announced as Kathie Lee Gifford's permanent replacement in the show's fourth hour when KLG departs on April 5, 2019. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager and Husband Henry Chase Hager Have the Best Love Story," 1 Mar. 2019

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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 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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