displace

verb
dis·​place | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplās How to pronounce displace (audio) , di-ˈsplās \
displaced; displacing; displaces

Definition of displace

transitive verb

1a : to remove from the usual or proper place specifically : to expel or force to flee from home or homeland displaced persons
b : to remove from an office, status, or job
c obsolete : to drive out : banish
2a : to move physically out of position a floating object displaces water
b : to take the place of (as in a chemical reaction) : supplant

Other Words from displace

displaceable \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce displace (audio) , di-​ˈsplā-​ \ adjective

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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

Examples of displace in a Sentence

The war has displaced thousands of people. The hurricane displaced most of the town's residents. The closing of the factory has displaced many workers. farming practices that displace large amounts of soil
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Recent Examples on the Web In a June report, the International Crisis Group said armed resistance to the Myanmar coup could displace thousands and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 This allows the state to displace accountability to cities and towns, and leaves funding gaps unaddressed. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Benton, along with many others, used the notion of manifest destiny to systematically displace and kill scores of Native Americans. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 Climate change impacts are projected to displace 216 million people in developing regions by 2050, according to a new report from the World Bank. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 14 Sep. 2021 Zuckerman considers the biographer a ruthless seducer, out to cut the artist down to comprehensible and assailable size—to displace the fiction with the real story. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Indeed, a major objective of climate policy is to displace fossil fuels with (green) electricity. Baker Institute, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 TikTok is a prime example of how a new entrant can displace the most popular websites and force them to innovate. Rachel Chiu, National Review, 12 Oct. 2021 What starts out as an inferior product eventually wins the consumer by simplifying complexities and lowering cost until these new and improved versions displace the incumbent. Ann Kirschner, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of displace

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for displace

probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place

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The first known use of displace was in 1549

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18 Nov 2021

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More Definitions for displace

displace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of displace

: to take the job or position of (someone or something)
: to force (people or animals) to leave the area where they live
: to remove (someone) from a job or position

displace

verb
dis·​place | \ dis-ˈplās How to pronounce displace (audio) \
displaced; displacing

Kids Definition of displace

1 : to remove from the usual or proper place The fire displaced many forest animals.
2 : to take the place of : replace Chess displaced checkers as his favorite game.
3 : to move out of position A floating object displaces water.

Other Words from displace

displacement \ -​mənt \ noun

displace

transitive verb
dis·​place | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈplās How to pronounce displace (audio) \
displaced; displacing

Medical Definition of displace

1a : to remove from the usual or proper place in heterotopia the gray portions of the cord are displaced so that patches of gray matter are scattered among the bundles of white fibers— R. L. Cecil et al.
b : to shift (an emotion or behavior) from a maladaptive or unacceptable object or form of outlet to a more adaptive or acceptable one displace punishable behavior by directing it towards things that cannot punish— B. F. Skinner
2 : to set free from chemical combination by taking the place of zinc displaces the hydrogen of dilute acids
3 : to subject to percolation

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