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

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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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The idea is that once a drug is on the market, the patients’ experience might in part supplant rigorous and expensive clinical trials. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "Top Policy Expert’s Ties To Giant Drugmaker Often Go Unstated," 29 June 2018 Jedrick Wills, the talented rising sophomore, has plenty of potential and has the capability of supplanting Womack at right tackle. Rainer Sabin,, "Alabama's O-Line could be reshuffled in 2018," 7 Mar. 2018 The idea to is ease the burden on astronauts in space, where life can get tough and tedious, but not ever supplant them, or their decisions, officials said. Christian Davenport,, "SpaceX sends AI robot named CIMON to the International Space Station," 29 June 2018 The aim is to boost commerce within a continent that currently has low levels of intra-regional trade and supplant a patchwork of existing agreements. Emele Onu,, "Nigeria Manufacturing Body Opposes African Free Trade Area," 26 June 2018 GE’s removal from the index comes after AT&T was replaced by Apple in 2015, while Alcoa, Bank of America, and Hewlett-Packard were supplanted by Goldman Sachs, Nike, and Visa in 2013. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "With GE Booted, These 30 Companies Will Soon Form the Dow Jones Industrial Average," 20 June 2018 The hot dog, popcorn and movie candy concessions have been supplanted by a menu board too large to describe in one sentence. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four big reasons why today's experience is so much better in Marcus Theatre's local cinemas than years ago," 23 May 2018 Rotary Clubs made up of local business owners have been largely supplanted by the community relations departments of corporate branch offices. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "More than Make-Work," 22 May 2018 But recent reports have suggested he could be supplanted by the strong-armed Allen — his training roommate in Capistrano Beach — or by the undersized Mayfield, who is believed to be the favorite of respected scouting consultant Scot McCloughan. Sam Farmer,, "Quarterbacks aplenty, but figuring who's going where has thrown NFL draft experts," 26 Apr. 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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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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the setting in which something occurs

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