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?
Recent Examples on the Web The hard luck of then losing Develin's replacement, rookie Jakob Johnson, to a shoulder injury prompted New England to execute a Plan C at fullback, utilizing former University of Houston linebacker Elandon Roberts as a blocking back. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "UH ex Elandon Roberts sees double duty as Patriots fullback," 29 Nov. 2019 His replacement, Ron Maciejowski of Bedford, hit only three of 10 and had two aerials picked off. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State vs. Michigan 1969: Read the story from the loss that broke the Buckeyes’ hearts 50 years ago," 27 Nov. 2019 Over the years, people have suggested joysticks or other radical replacements for controls, but none has proven superior to wheels and pedals. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Is it time to turn away from touchscreens in our cars?," 26 Nov. 2019 Spencer Sanders’ replacement, Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown, played all right in beating West Virginia, but the Mountaineers aren’t Oklahoma. Randy Peterson, USA TODAY, "Big 12 power rankings: Assessing what's in play in final week of regular season," 25 Nov. 2019 When the Bombers lost four of five games under Nichols’ replacement, Chris Streveler, Collaros began practicing with the first team to prepare for his first start in nearly five months: the regular-season finale Oct. 25 against Calgary. Joseph D’hippolito,, "Catching up: Former UC QB Zach Collaros goes for CFL Grey Cup with Winnipeg Blue Bombers," 24 Nov. 2019 Philyor's replacement, David Ellis, had seven catches for 85 yards last week against the Nittany Lions and will presumably also fill in against Michigan. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football safety Brad Hawkins didn't travel to Indiana due to injury," 23 Nov. 2019 Smith’s replacement, Bobby Sherman, scored on a 105-yard punt return as Cal won 16-0. Bruce Jenkins,, "Cal vs. Stanford: Big Game oddities abound," 22 Nov. 2019 Repaving and safety repairs CDOT says 57% of the $1.6 billion will go toward projects that include repaving or bridge improvements and replacements, and 88% will go toward projects that include safety improvements. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Colorado unveils a $1.6 billion roadmap of highway projects for the next 3 years," 21 Nov. 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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Replacement.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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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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