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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Most work under contracts awarded by the Trump administration has been for replacement of existing barrier. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 Todd Underwood, Intel’s vice president of finance and director of corporate planning and reporting, will serve as interim CFO while the company conducts an internal and external search for a permanent replacement. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Intel’s New CEO Advances From CFO Spot a Second Time," 31 Jan. 2019 Chip Somodevilla / Getty When Facebook has an important job opening, CEO Mark Zuckerberg usually just looks around the office for a replacement. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The social networking giant is on a hunt all over the globe for a new head of policy and communications.," 10 Oct. 2018 Thanks to a protest and specifications no vendor could provide off the shelf, and despite Congressional backing for a replacement, the Huey may be guarding our nation's nukes for another five years at least. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Sitrep: The Air Force’s senior-citizen chopper may have to hold off retirement," 31 July 2018 Following Scalia's death, Republicans in Congress blocked President Barack Obama's nomination for a replacement, allowing President Donald Trump to appoint the historically conservative Neil Gorsuch in his place in early 2017. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Plans on Staying on the Supreme Court Until She's 90," 30 July 2018 The group decided to bring on Matt, Ryan’s replacement on tour, as a full-time member. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait, Who Else Besides Adam Levine Is in Maroon 5?," 20 Jan. 2019 But people who have purchased the recalled bars and do have a peanut allergy should discard them and contact either Rx Bar or their local retailer for a refund or replacement. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Some Rx Bars Have Been Recalled Due to an Undeclared Allergen," 16 Jan. 2019 The chic tubes are completely customizable and reusable—plus, the brand will send you an automatic replacement bullet of your choice after purchase. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019

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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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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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