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 supplantation (audio) \ noun
supplanter \ sə-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce supplanter (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

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And this year already supplanted 2017 as the most destructive in California’s recorded history. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Seattle Times, "Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law," 12 Nov. 2018 By the mid-1800s, rail had largely supplanted canals, the favored, government-subsidized, means of moving goods and passengers. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘Romance of the Rails’ Review: Hear That Lonesome Whistle?," 23 Jan. 2019 But hip-hop is in a state right now, having supplanted rock as the most dominant music in the popular sphere, where the genre can reliably spawn best-selling artists who are predominantly known for their albums, not their singles. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "J. Cole's First-Week 'KOD' Numbers Prove His Stardom Is Secure as an Albums Artist," 1 May 2018 The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement , which took effect in 1994 and gradually eliminated tariffs on goods produced and traded within North America. Kevin Freking, The Seattle Times, "GOP lawmakers set goal of summer vote for trade deal," 26 Mar. 2019 Mayr, then one of Europe’s dominant opera composers, was, in a way, the missing link between Mozart and Rossini, who would soon supplant him as the ruler of the opera realm. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Dawn of Romantic Opera’ Review: Subtle, Playful Performances," 31 July 2018 For things to change, something must supplant these primal worldviews as the dividing line between the parties. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 One question is whether the Kavanaugh effect will soon be supplanted by some other national or international firestorm. Janet Hook, WSJ, "In Midterms, Kavanaugh Fight Seen Boosting GOP in Senate, Democrats in House," 7 Oct. 2018 Later supplanted by cleaner, cheaper-to-mine coal to the west, this was one of the first parts of America to endure the pain of industrial dislocation. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 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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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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