supplant

verb
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

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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Ubras, a five-year-old company, wants to supplant Victoria’s Secret with the most non-Victoria’s Secret of products: unwired, sporty bras that emphasize comfort. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Coach Brian Flores has outwardly backed Tagovailoa, who didn't supplant Ryan Fitzpatrick as Miami's starter until last November. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021 Language evolves, and new terms come along to supplant the old. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 But Fiers’ return this week did not supplant Irvin, at least right away. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 The decisions of the central bank are meant to support, not to supplant, the real economy. Judy Shelton, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 He is expected to quickly supplant Andy Dalton and Nick Foles, the N.F.L.’s versions of Art Garfunkel and John Oates. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 If the Spurs go only 6-7 over their final 13 games, New Orleans would have to go 11-1 to supplant them. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Apr. 2021 If questions linger about Rocker, is there a college pitcher who might supplant him on draft lists? Evan Grant, Dallas News, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Supplant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplant. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce supplant (audio) \
supplanted; supplanting

Kids Definition of supplant

: to take the place of another

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