Synonyms & Antonyms of replace

1 to take the place of
  • the old street lights were replaced by more energy-efficient models

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2 to bring, send, or put back to a former or proper place
  • took the fragile vase down to look at it and then gently replaced it on the shelf

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Frequently Asked Questions About replace

How is the word replace distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of replace are displace, supersede, and supplant. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use displace instead of replace?

The words displace and replace are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, displace implies an ousting or dislodging.

war had displaced thousands

When would supersede be a good substitute for replace?

While the synonyms supersede and replace are close in meaning, 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 replace?

The synonyms supplant and replace are sometimes interchangeable, but 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 replace was in 1587

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Thesaurus Entries Near replace

repining (for)



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“Replace.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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