Synonyms and Antonyms of displace

  1. 1 to change the place or position of the slight tremor displaced the dishes on the shelves, but didn't do any real damage Synonyms of displace budge, dislocate, move, disturb, relocate, remove, reposition, shift, transfer, transposeWords Related to displace bear, carry, cart, convey, drive, haul, lug, tote, transmit, transplant, transport; replace, supersede, supplant; alter, make over, modify, redo, refashion, remake, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, varyNear Antonyms of displace anchor, fix, freeze, moor, secure, set, stabilize; embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root

  2. 2 to force to leave a country World War II displaced people all over Europe Synonyms of displace deport, banish, exile, expatriate, relegate, transportWords Related to displace cast out, dismiss, eject, eliminate, evict, exclude, expel, expulse, kick out, oust, run out, throw out; excommunicate, ostracize, reject, repudiate, spurn; dispossessNear Antonyms of displace naturalize, repatriate; accept, admit, receive, take in; entertain, harbor, house, shelter

  3. 3 to take the place of inefficient methods displaced by newer ones Synonyms of displace cut out, replace, displant, relieve, substitute, supersede, supplantWords Related to displace preempt, usurp

  4. 4 to remove from a position of prominence or power (as a throne) the CEO was summarily displaced after the hostile takeover Synonyms of displace defrock, deprive, dethrone, depose, oust, uncrown, unmake, unseat, unthroneWords Related to displace can, cashier, discharge, dismiss, fire, muster out, remove, retire, sack; overthrow, subvert, supplant, topple, usurp; banish, boot (out), bounce, cast out, chase, drum (out), eject, expel, extrude, rout, run off, throw outNear Antonyms of displace baptize, inaugurate, induct, initiate, install, instate, invest; appoint, designate, electAntonyms of displace crown, enthrone, throne

Synonym Discussion of displace

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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