re·​plate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈplāt How to pronounce replate (audio) \
replated; replating

Definition of replate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to plate (something) again: such as
a : to arrange (food) again on a different plate or dish Entertaining doesn't mean cooking from scratch. You can buy prepared entrees at the grocery and replate them.— Bryce Sanders A scramble to replate the men's quail dish leads to a messy plate and cold food …— Gwendolyn Richards
b : to cover (something, such as jewelry or hardware) again with a thin adherent layer of metal replating antique silverware "Every nut and bolt has to be refurbished. Taken out, replated, put back in. …"— P. J. Smith
c : to change (something, such as a newspaper page) by altering or resetting its printing plate (see plate entry 1 sense 4a) … said, "Put that in—the editorial page," and strode out. … The editorial page was replated.— John Bartlow Martin


re·​plate | \ ˈrē-ˌplāt How to pronounce replate (audio) \
plural replates

Definition of replate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a printing of an edition of a newspaper or periodical in which new material is inserted by an alteration or resetting of a plate (see plate entry 1 sense 4a) In old newspaper parlance, it's a replate, a replacement of the earlier printing plates with new ones containing later information. Current technology, however, doesn't require plates, ink, or delivery people.— Donald R. Shanor

First Known Use of replate


1796, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about replate

Time Traveler for replate

Time Traveler

The first known use of replate was in 1796

See more words from the same year

Statistics for replate

Cite this Entry

“Replate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on replate

What made you want to look up replate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!