re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing; replaces

Definition of replace

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former place or position replace cards in a file
2 : to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor
3 : to put something new in the place of replace a worn carpet

Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce replace (audio) \ adjective
replacer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for replace

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 replace in a Sentence

Will computers ever completely replace books? Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags. She was hired to replace the previous manager. I replaced the old rug with a new one. They recently replaced the old phone system. The team's manager was replaced last season. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Following discussions with McGahn, Rao was nominated in 2018 to replace Kavanaugh on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after he was elevated to the Supreme Court., 19 June 2022 Lee, the former deputy leader of Hong Kong, will be sworn in to replace Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 1, a day after the end of her five-year term. Reuters, NBC News, 19 June 2022 The Encinitas City Council reaffirmed its selection of Robert Prendergast to replace Bruce Ehlers on the city’s Planning Commission after some residents raised concerns that its decision last month may have violated city codes. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 Calipari is reportedly set to replace Lucas on his staff with former Oklahoma assistant K.T. Turner, but UK has yet to confirm the hire. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 In the race to replace Sheila Kuehl on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, early returns Tuesday night showed three candidates in the lead. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Last June, a coalition of investors led by Engine No. 1 managed to replace three directors on the board of Exxon in an effort to push the company to transition intelligently to a future based on sustainable energy. New York Times, 3 June 2022 The top candidates to replace Mack on the roster are Jake Brendel, who has three career starts, and incumbent right guard Daniel Brunskill, who started eight games at center in 2020. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2022 Udoka was a San Antonio Spurs assistant for seven years, then was with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019-20 and Brooklyn Nets in '20-21 before former Butler coach Brad Stevens hired Udoka to replace him on the Celtics bench. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing

Kids Definition of replace

1 : to put back in a former or proper place Please replace your book on the shelf.
2 : to take the place of DVDs have replaced videotape.
3 : to put something new in the place of I'll gladly replace the broken dish.

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