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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Now it is being used as a tool to supplant in-person visits and expand patient markets, partly in response to consumer demand for convenience and efficiency. Matthew Clair, STAT, "Unless it’s done carefully, the rise of telehealth could widen health disparities," 26 June 2020 Martucci emphasizes that the video game approach isn't meant to supplant traditional drugs. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "How the first-ever digital ADHD treatment—a video game—got the FDA’s blessing," 17 June 2020 However innovative and nuanced, the work that people of color do outside traditional food media can’t supplant an entire industry (yet). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Table Stays White," 16 June 2020 It was supplanted by natural gas, a cleaner-burning fossil fuel, in 2016, a transition caused by the abundance of cheap natural gas from the shale oil and gas revolution and tougher environmental regulations. Matt Egan, CNN, "Major milestone: Coal consumption falls behind renewable energy in the United States," 28 May 2020 More crucially, other drugs may need to supplant it to fight even newer coronaviruses. Robert Langreth,, "The Coronavirus Hunter Is Racing for Answers in a Locked-Down Lab," 8 May 2020 Castleton hasn't played often in Big Ten games since Austin Davis supplanted him as the backup center. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's Colin Castleton steps up in big moment at Rutgers," 20 Feb. 2020 Manning started the first two games before Jones supplanted him in September. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Eli Manning Announces His Retirement," 22 Jan. 2020 No one is ready to supplant him as the primary point guard. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: UConn needs to examine what is being asked of struggling Alterique Gilbert," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce supplant (audio) \
supplanted; supplanting

Kids Definition of supplant

: to take the place of another

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