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 supplant (audio) \ noun
supplanter \ sə-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce supplant (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 true issue is whether individual states have the power to supplant the judgment of the federal government and its administrative agencies and in effect set national policy on a state-by-state basis. Daniel Markind, Forbes, "The Energy Pipeline Battle Reaches A Supreme Court Climax," 28 Apr. 2021 Movies like Joker and Cruella may be trying to supplant straight-up character studies too. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "How ‘Cruella’ Moves Hollywood Even Closer To Total Franchise Domination," 8 Apr. 2021 Various ideas proposed to supplant the standard model can account for the matter bias. Stephen Battersby, Scientific American, "Pear-Shaped Nucleus Boosts Search for Alternatives to "Standard Model" Physics," 10 May 2013 Kevin Durant has missed over a month with a hamstring injury, but the Nets have won 15 of their last 17 games to supplant the Lakers as championship favorites at some sportsbooks. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Grizzlies' Ja Morant makes spectacular look easy with latest viral dunk," 23 Mar. 2021 If the world order was still to be defined by a preference for liberty and the rule of law over naked despotism, a Pax Americana was needed to supplant the Pax Britannica. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Hokey-Pokey Hegemon," 14 Mar. 2021 The Harvest Nation founders want to generate green economic growth and better health on the range, to supplant some of what must be trucked in most of the year. Star Tribune, "American Indian architect leads aeroponics farm plan for Iron Range to Meda finals," 24 Jan. 2021 Gene editing would merely supplant the need for drugs. WSJ, "Gene Editing’s Vast, Double-Edged Potential," 26 Feb. 2021 The 49ers could decide to do the same this spring, using an early round pick who could compete with Garoppolo in 2021, or supplant him as the starter., "Primary offseason task for 49ers: Upgrade at backup quarterback," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of supplant was in the 14th century

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1 May 2021

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“Supplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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