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

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 Walmart is looking for a replacement for Ms. Whiteside, who will leave the company in March, the memo said. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Because the first search for Cross' replacement failed, the position has been held in the interim by former Gov. Tommy Thompson. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2022 Town Manager Matt Hart said the pool was originally built in 1964, and was slated for replacement in a few years, but some of the infrastructure has failed, causing the project to be moved up. Steve Smith,, 13 Jan. 2022 The Vikings are searching for a replacement for longtime GM Rick Spielman, who was fired Monday along with head coach Mike Zimmer. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 That can delay or even prevent the need for a knee replacement. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 12 Jan. 2022 Brennan was identified as a possible candidate for the role when the diocese was searching for a replacement for Murphy, a process that took months. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 In a series ordered by players’ 2021 wins above replacement, Ramón Urías is perhaps a surprise as the first rookie to be featured after Ryan Mountcastle set the franchise’s record for home runs by a first-year player. Nathan Ruiz,, 6 Jan. 2022 Hoover is currently looking for a replacement for Josh Niblett, who retired in the state of Alabama and took the job at Gainesville (Ga.). Ben Thomas |, al, 5 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of replacement

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of replacement was in 1743

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18 Jan 2022

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“Replacement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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