supplant

verb
sup·​plant | \ sə-ˈplant \
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

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Other Words from supplant

supplantation \ (ˌ)sə-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən \ noun
supplanter \ sə-​ˈplan-​tər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for supplant

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

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And that is just one step toward a more ambitious goal, most observers say: to supplant the US as the preeminent power in Asia and the western Pacific. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "What Beijing's surge in the South China Sea means," 1 June 2018 Heavily relied upon by large technology companies, the visa has been condemned by critics as a mechanism for supplanting American workers with cheaper foreign labor. Leonardo Castaneda, The Seattle Times, "Faster processing available again for H-1B visas," 28 Jan. 2019 The key was tying proceeds to new education programs, without supplanting existing spending. Washington Post, "In Appalachia, Miller is ‘Michelangelo’ of politics," 26 Mar. 2018 That’s actually not a crazy comparison, because for urban riders the Embark is intended to supplant or replace a car. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Priority Embark Is A Rugged Commuter E-Bike That Wants To Replace Your Car," 7 Nov. 2018 The two countries are fighting over Beijing's ambitions to supplant American technological supremacy. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump imposes tariffs on additional $200B of Chinese goods," 18 Sep. 2018 The leading cause of overdose deaths was non-methadone synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyls that have increasingly supplanted heroin in the illicit market. German Lopez, Vox, "Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy," 29 Nov. 2018 Barnes was a surprise playoff contributor for the Dodgers last October, supplanting Grandal in the lineup during LA’s run to the World Series before Grandal reclaimed his job this season. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Grandal’s woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3," 15 Oct. 2018 Some lawmakers are uncomfortable with simply adopting a looser federal standard that would supplant stronger state laws. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech Executives Warn of Overregulation in Privacy Push," 26 Sep. 2018

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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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More Definitions for supplant

supplant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of supplant

: to take the place of (someone or something that is old or no longer used or accepted)

supplant

verb
sup·​plant | \ sə-ˈplant \
supplanted; supplanting

Kids Definition of supplant

: to take the place of another

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