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

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 Running back David Johnson has been slowed by back and ankle injuries and is on the verge of being supplanted by Kenyan Drake. oregonlive, "San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 17 Nov. 2019 By 1928, this pump house was supplanted by newer electric pumps on Hillen Road. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Old pumping station being transformed as East Baltimore’s Food Hub advances," 9 Nov. 2019 Eventually, nylons, too, went out of style, supplanted by bare legs or, in colder temperatures, polyester-spandex tights and leggings. Virginia Postrel, Twin Cities, "Virginia Postrel: The iPhone of 1939 helped liberate Europe. And women.," 1 Nov. 2019 By that time, ARPANET was largely being supplanted by the National Science Foundation Network (NSFnet). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "50 years ago today, the Internet was born. Sort of.," 29 Oct. 2019 Millennia-old strategies for using biodiversity to control pests and diseases have been supplanted by advice from pesticide dealers—to the detriment of soil and water quality, biodiversity and human health. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 News of relapses, of overdoses and deaths, was always breaking, and so the emergencies that one day held us rapt were soon supplanted by new ones. Colton Wooten, The New Yorker, "My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction," 14 Oct. 2019 Any of the existing clay pipes that needs replacing is supplanted by PVC piping, a longer-lasting alternative. Daily Pilot, "For Costa Mesa Sanitary District, letting 75 years go to waste is a good thing," 10 Oct. 2019 Yet most analysts foresee no significant agreement emerging this fall in the conflict, which is fundamentally over Beijing’s aggressive drive to supplant America’s technological dominance. Martin Crutsinger, The Denver Post, "A divided Fed cuts key interest rate for 2nd time this year," 18 Sep. 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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The first known use of supplant was in the 14th century

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11 Dec 2019

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“Supplant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supplanter?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=suppla03. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for supplant

supplant

verb
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)

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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