supplant

verb
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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As petroleum supplanted whale oil, the city’s whaling families gave their names to the new textile mills. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "A reexamination of ownership in the age of the public corporation," 30 Aug. 2019 Oberg finished the season 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA and supplanted the struggling Wade Davis as Colorado’s closer Aug. 2. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Kyle Freeland says his 2018 season was “no fluke”," 29 Aug. 2019 The $2 billion contest would not supplant the Artemis Program, said University of Southern California professor Greg Autry, who served on Trump's NASA transition team in 2017. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Newt Gingrich proposes a $2 billion prize for a human Moon lander," 19 Aug. 2019 This is a story that supplants a fictional moralistic binary with a more realistic take on the elasticity of identity. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor: An Anti-Hate Pop Culture Syllabus," 9 Aug. 2019 By 2018, that number had more than tripled to 814 deaths as fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid, supplanted heroin. The Economist, "Baltimore needs help to fix its crime problems," 1 Aug. 2019 In many ways, Poland is a country of nomads running from the evil of the past, its various ethnic populations repeatedly supplanting one another in its various regions. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 For those who doubt that any of this will work, Tom Lape, president of Mohawk, points to Tempur-Pedic and how its foam mattress supplanted springs and ignited growth in a very mature industry. Matthew Townsend / Bloomberg, Time, "'Big Carpet' Is Betting This New Floor Covering Will Get Americans to End Their Love of Hardwood," 6 June 2019 The same day, Communist Party leaders watched as pro-democracy candidates in Poland supplanted Communist rule—with Pope John Paul II’s indispensable support. Nina Shea And Bob Fu, WSJ, "Inside China’s War on Christians," 30 May 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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supplant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of supplant

: to take the place of (someone or something that is old or no longer used or accepted)

supplant

verb
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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