sup·​plant | \ sə-ˈplant How to pronounce supplant (audio) \
supplanted; supplanting; supplants

Definition of supplant

transitive verb

1 : to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery
2a(1) obsolete : uproot
(2) : to eradicate and supply a substitute for efforts to supplant the vernacular
b : to take the place of and serve as a substitute for especially by reason of superior excellence or power

Other Words from supplant

supplantation \ (ˌ)sə-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce supplant (audio) \ noun
supplanter \ sə-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce supplant (audio) \ noun

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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 supplant in a Sentence

old traditions that were fading away and being supplanted by modern ways
Recent Examples on the Web For the better part of a year, observers of Michigan football have wondered if or when former five-star recruit J.J. McCarthy will supplant Cade McNamara as the starting quarterback. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 In the days before the fatal vote in the Senate that brought down his government, Mr. Draghi visited Algeria to announce a gas deal by which that country will supplant Russia as Italy’s biggest gas supplier. New York Times, 22 July 2022 Robots like Proteus might be necessary to supplant a looming worker shortage, making the workplace safer, and less strenuous in the process. Scott Nover, Quartz, 22 June 2022 Pale green might even supplant the ubiquitous forest green kitchen, as shown in Samsung’s fair booth. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 14 June 2022 ElliQ is meant to complement human social interaction, not supplant it, Olsen said in the NYSOFA statement. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2022 Stalwarts like Mutiny Information Cafe, a secondhand bookstore and coffee shop, co-exist with artisanal doughnuts and biscuit makers, and old pubs hang on as trendy cocktail bars try to supplant them. Marisa Kabas, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2022 The slowdown has undermined assumptions that China would automatically supplant the U.S. as the world's leading economy. CBS News, 23 May 2022 The slowdown has undermined assumptions that China would automatically supplant the U.S. as the world’s leading economy. Josh Boak,, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of supplant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for supplant

Middle English, from Anglo-French supplanter, from Latin supplantare to trip up, cause to stumble, from sub- + planta sole of the foot — more at place

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“Supplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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sup·​plant | \ sə-ˈplant How to pronounce supplant (audio) \
supplanted; supplanting

Kids Definition of supplant

: to take the place of another

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