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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Meanwhile, the Trump administration has advertised Opportunity Zones as a holistic replacement for government subsidies. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "A 'mind boggling' tax break was meant to help the poor. But trendy areas are winning too," 14 June 2019 DePaola then tore his ACL in the season opener against the Rams, leading the Raiders to sign Trent Sieg, who performed well as a replacement. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders expect competition at punter, long snapper," 12 June 2019 The Galaxy’s Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) and Jonathan dos Santos will also play in the Gold Cup, while Uriel Antuna is expected to make the Mexican team as an injury replacement. Kevin Baxter,, "Soccer! France is slowly warming up to the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Carleton paid on the spot, and the technician ordered the replacement parts. Sean P. Murphy,, "A broken refrigerator and the store that took too long to make things right," 10 June 2019 The freshman had appeared in 12 Blue Devils games this year through Saturday, mostly as a defensive replacement. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Watch Shelbyville's Damon Lux make a home run-stealing catch for Duke," 9 June 2019 The first of many candidates the Texans are considering as a replacement for fired general manager Brian Gaine is former Cleveland Browns' general manager Ray Farmer, who was fired after the 2015 season. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "Ray Farmer among Texans GM candidates," 8 June 2019 Today’s announcement included conductors named as replacements for the S.F. Symphony concerts Tilson Thomas will be unable to lead. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "SF Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas facing heart surgery, takes leave from orchestra," 4 June 2019 The model of the 22-year-old slide is no longer made, so replacement parts are not available. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 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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