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

transitive verb

: to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery
obsolete : uproot
: to eradicate and supply a substitute for
efforts to supplant the vernacular
: to take the place of and serve as a substitute for especially by reason of superior excellence or power
supplantation noun
supplanter 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 Last season, 26 players finished with more votes than Adebayo — including 22 guards and centers, who are now eligible to supplant any centers from All-Star teams. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 Interest in the specifics of Pizzagate waned in the next few years as the far-right QAnon conspiracist cult supplanted the theory and significantly broadened its scope. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2024 But some developers have taken a hardline stance against anything that could supplant the role of humans in game making. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2024 As the two frontrunners plod along, there's been a lot of action trying to supplant them. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2023 Sophie Browning, 21, a content creator and meme account administrator, says that’s a natural reaction to Gen Z being supplanted as the driver of online culture. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2023 Even in Asia and Europe, cooperative arrangements have not supplanted national strategic rivalries or been able to foreclose military confrontation, as the war in Ukraine has so painfully demonstrated. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Foreign Affairs, 1 Feb. 2024 In music, as the culture (and available technology) has evolved, special effects and feats of cinematography have increasingly supplanted choreography. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2024 The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Collins finished top 10 in both receiving yards (1,297) and touchdown catches (eight), while Singletary recorded a career-best 898 rushing yards after supplanting Pierce, who struggled in the team’s new outside zone running scheme. C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of supplant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Supplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


sup·​plant sə-ˈplant How to pronounce supplant (audio)
: to take the place of (another) especially by force or treachery
: to root out and supply a substitute for
: to gain the place of and serve as a substitute for especially by reason of superior excellence or power
supplantation noun
supplanter noun

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