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

Choose the Right Synonym for supplant

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 Over time, high-tech election systems largely supplanted paper ballots and gear-and-lever machinary, a trend hastened by the contested 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Andrew Martin, Fortune, "What Is Election Hacking— And Can It Change Who Wins?," 26 Dec. 2019 Getting the mix right will be key, according to experts who stress that reforestation and afforestation efforts should not supplant work to protect existing forests. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, "We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests," 25 Dec. 2019 However, mobile usage is not supplanting viewership of television content altogether. Andrew Kozak, NBC News, "It's official: We stare at our phone more than we stare at our TV," 5 June 2019 Morgan had just thrown four touchdowns to supplant Adam Weber for most TD passes in a season at Minnesota. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Then and now, Gophers QB Tanner Morgan all about the team and lifting others," 31 Dec. 2019 Electricity is one of the other major uses of coal and another opportunity to supplant with plentiful hydrogen. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How to Power a Steel Blast Furnace Using Only Hydrogen," 15 Nov. 2019 It is designed to supplant Bitcoin and its brethren with a system controlled by government authorities. Wired, "Opinion: China is Pushing Toward Global Blockchain Dominance," 12 Nov. 2019 The Potter imagery, linking the play to other Potter projects, supplants the distinctive child-in-a-nest image that had previously symbolized the play (giant nest sculptures are mounted on the New York theater). Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Harry Potter’s Sophomore Slump: ‘Cursed Child’ Loses Steam on Broadway," 5 Nov. 2019 The rival that Smart and the Bulldogs are trying to supplant is not on the schedule, at least not during the regular season. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "A Georgia win against Florida is critical for the Bulldogs to get where they want to be," 1 Nov. 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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supplant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce supplant (audio)

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 assert without proof or before proving

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