replace

verb
re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing; replaces

Definition of replace

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former place or position replace cards in a file
2 : to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor
3 : to put something new in the place of replace a worn carpet

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Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce replaceable (audio) \ adjective
replacer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for replace

replace, displace, supplant, supersede mean to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another. replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate. replaced the broken window displace implies an ousting or dislodging. war had displaced thousands supplant implies either a dispossessing or usurping of another's place, possessions, or privileges or an uprooting of something and its replacement with something else. was abruptly supplanted in her affections by another supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior. the new edition supersedes all previous ones

Examples of replace in a Sentence

Will computers ever completely replace books? Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags. She was hired to replace the previous manager. I replaced the old rug with a new one. They recently replaced the old phone system. The team's manager was replaced last season. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The new station would replace a much smaller station built in 1958, becoming home base for 727 employees, including 525 officers. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale homeowners to pay higher tax bills, fire fee and water rates," 17 Sep. 2019 Shannon Jackson, who made the announcement, will replace him. Fox News, "Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire," 16 Sep. 2019 Saudi Arabia could replace some of its lost oil from its stocks. The Economist, "The drone strikes in Saudi Arabia spook oil markets," 16 Sep. 2019 Rookie Mack Wilson will replace Taylor at strongside linebacker in a 4-3 alignment. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Brown’ Damarious Randall ruled out of Jets game with concussion; Chris Smith returns to practice," 14 Sep. 2019 Or does the Frenchman replace one of Moussa Sissoko or Harry Winks? SI.com, "First Half Blitz Helps Tottenham Recapture Old White Hart Lane Buzz in 4-0 Crystal Palace Rout," 14 Sep. 2019 Howard would replace Senio Kelemete, who is questionable with a wrist injury. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "'Arrow trending toward' return of Texans' Keke Coutee," 13 Sep. 2019 Lagoa and Luck would replace Judge Geral Tjoflat and Judge Stanley Marcus, who will take senior status on the court. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump picks 2 Florida Supreme Court justices for federal appeals court," 12 Sep. 2019 Her plan would replace that zero in the calculate with the average national wage for each month a person provides up to 80 hours of care to a child under the age of six, a dependent with a disability, or an elderly relative. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Elizabeth Warren Makes Social Security a Feminist Issue," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of replace was in 1587

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replace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of replace

: to be used instead of (something)
: to do the job or duty of (someone)
: to put someone or something new in the place or position of (someone or something)

replace

verb
re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing

Kids Definition of replace

1 : to put back in a former or proper place Please replace your book on the shelf.
2 : to take the place of DVDs have replaced videotape.
3 : to put something new in the place of I'll gladly replace the broken dish.

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