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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Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli is the obvious replacement as the left-sided centre back., "Armenia vs Italy Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 4 Sep. 2019 With Mueller gone, Trump is left scrambling to find a replacement. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Without a Suitable Enemy, Trump Is Adrift," 28 Aug. 2019 ISAs aren’t a replacement for federal student loans, says Charles Trafton, president of Edly, which offers an ISA marketplace for investors but doesn’t currently work with Lambda. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt," 26 Aug. 2019 In New England, he was projected to be a possible replacement for Chris Hogan, who moved on to Carolina. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Philip Rivers’ recruiting texts helped lure ex-Patriots receiver back to the Chargers," 26 Aug. 2019 Never shy to offer strong opinions, always well-prepared and adept at quickly analyzing plays, Collinsworth has been a perfect replacement for Madden at NBC. Washington Post, "A look at iconic announcers in NFL history," 24 Aug. 2019 The eight-time All-Star selection will be the ostensible replacement for center DeMarcus Cousins, who recently tore a knee ligament after signing with the Lakers as a free agent last month. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Lakers plan to sign Dwight Howard, AP source says," 23 Aug. 2019 Finding a replacement supported by Hayes-White, the union and the Fire Commission seemed nearly impossible, but Nicholson was widely backed. Heather Knight,, "SF’s new fire chief talks about a ‘crisis’ on streets stretching resources," 13 Aug. 2019 When the job being lost was someone else's, replacement by a robot induced stronger negative emotions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People don’t want to see workers replaced by a robot—themselves excepted," 7 Aug. 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 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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