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displace

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1 to change the place or position of

  • the slight tremor displaced the dishes on the shelves, but didnʼt 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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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


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