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

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Three years ago, Cousins was considered the best center in the NBA, but he has been supplanted by Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic, among others . . . Gary Washburn,, "Here’s why the Celtics made the right call in hiring Kara Lawson," 6 July 2019 The trade with the Trail Blazers likely will further cement Bam Adebayo as the Heat's center of the future, with the 2017 first-round pick out of Kentucky supplanting Whiteside in the starting lineup by the end of last season. Ira Winderman,, "Hassan Whiteside’s roller-coaster ride with Heat ends with trade to Portland," 2 July 2019 Trump may have been attempting to rein in the Russia investigation by supplanting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "An Administration Run by Temp Workers," 19 June 2019 Hayes forced his way into the Longhorns’ starting lineup two months into the season, supplanting sophomore Jericho Sims in the process. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ Jaxson Hayes could be top 10 pick in NBA draft," 18 June 2019 But Grant began to struggle shooting the ball, and he eventually was supplanted as the back-up point guard by Isaiah Briscoe, who improved the team’s defense and offensive pace. Roy Parry,, "Magic point guard Jerian Grant couldn’t shake shooting struggles," 17 June 2019 Chryst opened last season as Stanford’s starter before he was supplanted by K.J. Costello. Andy Staples,, "To Change the Kickoff Rule for the Better, the NCAA Needs a More Extreme Proposal," 5 Mar. 2018 Diesel Pulled a Fast One Even mild rail enthusiasts know that steam engines were being supplanted by diesel-electrics as early as the 1940s. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 Ramsey tells The Verge that early in entertainment history radio plays and dramas were common, but that it’s been supplanted by movies and television. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Inside Jaws is a Steven Spielberg biopic in podcast form," 9 Sep. 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 How to pronounce supplant (audio) \
supplanted; supplanting

Kids Definition of supplant

: to take the place of another

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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