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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But that wasn’t enough to supplant any of the seven other cornerbacks who made the Top 100 cut. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Cornerback Chris Harris excluded from NFL Top 100 list," 1 Aug. 2019 Publicly funded researchers are excited about its ability to supplant fossil fuels. High School Journalism Institute,, "Oregon grows to top of new global hemp industry," 20 July 2019 But Facebook says Libra and its governance organization, the Libra Association, will not aim to supplant the Federal Reserve or any other central bank. Clare Duffy, CNN, "US lawmakers set to grill Facebook executive in charge of Libra," 16 July 2019 Alonso is on pace to supplant Aaron Judge (54 homers in 2017) and Mark McGwire (49 homers in 1987) atop the rookie home run record list. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Pete Alonso's dream season rolls into Home Run Derby, All-Star Game: 'I'm living a fantasy right now'," 8 July 2019 If this happens, tariffs and bilateral negotiations will become the norm, supplanting global efforts to eliminate tariffs through multilateral agreements, and trigger the end of the free trade era that began after World War II. Bill George, Fortune, "Why the Era of Free Trade May Be Coming to an End," 25 June 2019 Bose's soon-to-be-supplanted QuietComfort 35 II are very close to the 1000XM3 on the whole, with an overall lighter design and a comparatively more neutral sound signature. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take $50 off Sony’s excellent 1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones," 4 June 2019 One other note from the audio department: Lightweight Inconel exhaust manifolds supplant the GTB’s tubular headers, and the resulting high-rev resonances are brighter and louder, up to 8 dB in the Pista’s cabin, says Ferrari. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 In dermatologist Macrene Alexiades's New York office, fractional radio-frequency devices, like the eTwo, have all but supplanted ablative CO2 lasers, which leave skin raw for weeks. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 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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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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