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 The Warriors, who supplanted rookie guard Jordan Poole in the starting lineup with rookie forward Eric Paschall, cruised to a 15-point lead late in the first quarter. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors have strong start, but suffer 6th loss in a row," 15 Nov. 2019 The legacy of colonialism worldwide has left numerous languages hanging on by a thread, as native tongues have been supplanted — often by force — with English, Spanish or other majority languages. James Griffiths, CNN, "The internet threatened to speed up the death of endangered languages. Could it save them instead?," 4 Oct. 2019 Virginia, which supplanted Texas, tied with Massachusetts for having the highest quality of education in the U.S., according to the business news network's study. Dallas News, "CNBC ranking hammers home what kept Texas from winning best state for business title," 10 July 2019 Fellow redshirt freshman Richard Gouraige, who backed up both the guard and tackle positions, finally supplanted Bleich following his rough start this past weekend against the rival Bulldogs. Edgar Thompson,, "UF starting lineman Chris Bleich leaves Gators," 3 Nov. 2019 The production, beginning previews on Dec. 10, at the Broadway Theatre, features choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (supplanting the iconic work of Jerome Robbins) and thirty-two actors making their Broadway débuts. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Winter Theatre Preview," 1 Nov. 2019 Trump says his ‘‘America First’’ policy is designed to benefit workers who have suffered from decades of globalization and prevent China from supplanting the United States as the world’s top technology power., "Trump announces partial trade deal with China - The Boston Globe," 12 Oct. 2019 After a solid week of practice, Robinson supplanted McKinnie in the starting lineup for Thursday night’s preseason win over Minnesota. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Robinson embraces ‘underdog’ role in small-forward competition," 11 Oct. 2019 The Chargers were hapless in 1973, finishing 2-11-1, with Unitas starting the first four games, throwing seven interceptions and three touchdowns before being supplanted as starter by rookie Dan Fouts. 1. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 11 NFL legends with the strangest career stops," 26 July 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Supplant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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