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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Photo: Library of Congress Sears’s troubles were fully exposed as smartphone shopping supplanted trips to the mall and the industry slid into tumult. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Reshaped America, From Kenmore to Allstate," 15 Oct. 2018 An Andean flamingo looks after a surrogate Chilean flamingo chick, supplanted to replace its own infertile egg, in Slimbridge, England, in this undated photo. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Andean flamingos lay eggs for first time since 2003, charity says," 12 Aug. 2018 Williams has taken over as the Phillies’ primary rightfielder, supplanting the struggling Aaron Altherr. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Williams thriving in everyday role for Phillies after biding his time on bench," 9 July 2018 China, then, is more likely to supplement an IMF programme than supplant one. The Economist, "Pakistan faces a currency crisis. Who will help?," 14 June 2018 If this continues, the Yankees have plenty of talent in the bullpen capable of supplanting the strikeout artist. Eddie Brown,, "2018 Fantasy Baseball Preview: Sleepers and Busts," 23 Mar. 2018 His start Friday is not a sure thing, manager Jeff Banister said, and the Rangers are considering who in the minors might supplant him. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Colon's ERA soars toward 5, but he isn't rotation's primary concern," 13 June 2018 Anita realises on learning of her husband’s passing from Claire, her childhood best friend, who had long supplanted her in his affections. The Economist, "William Trevor’s final collection of stories," 17 May 2018 Against a team that had won 18 of its last 19 games and is the challenger best equipped to supplant them as Eastern champions, the Cavs gave up 79 points in the first half and trailed by 15. Bill Livingston,, "LeBron James showed his greatness in Cleveland Cavaliers biggest win: Bill Livingston (photos)," 22 Mar. 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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The first known use of supplant was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of supplant

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


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

Kids Definition of supplant

: to take the place of another

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by force of circumstances

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