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1 to change the place or position of
  • the slight tremor displaced the dishes on the shelves, but didn't do any real damage

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2 to force to leave a country
  • World War II displaced people all over Europe

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3 to take the place of
  • inefficient methods displaced by newer ones

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4 to remove from a position of prominence or power (as a throne)
  • the CEO was summarily displaced after the hostile takeover

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How is the word displace distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of displace are replace, supersede, and supplant. While all these words mean "to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another," displace implies an ousting or dislodging.

war had displaced thousands

When can replace be used instead of displace?

The synonyms replace and displace are sometimes interchangeable, but replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate.

replaced the broken window

When is supersede a more appropriate choice than displace?

In some situations, the words supersede and displace are roughly equivalent. However, supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior.

the new edition supersedes all previous ones

In what contexts can supplant take the place of displace?

While the synonyms supplant and displace are close in meaning, 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

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The first known use of displace was in 1549

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“Displace.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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