replacement

noun

re·​place·​ment ri-ˈplās-mənt How to pronounce replacement (audio)
1
: the action or process of replacing : the state of being replaced
2
: one that replaces another especially in a job or function

Examples of replacement in a Sentence

We need a replacement for our old vacuum cleaner. Where can we get replacement parts for the tractor?
Recent Examples on the Web And the sentiment among some fans who lack faith in MLS officiating is there is an unlikely to be a noticeable drop off in quality if and when replacement referees take charge, beginning with Wednesday’s season opener between Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami and Real Salt Lake. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Chris Bosh, Anthony Mason and now Adebayo were named as replacement starters. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 Major League Soccer might open its regular season Wednesday using replacement officials after members of the Professional Soccer Referees Assn. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Soon, the exchange turned to the freezing of her assets and the issuance of a replacement Social Security number. Ron Lieber, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The set comes with five realistic bird options to hand from the bendy wire and a suction replacement. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Lizzy tells us that a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons on Monday shed some doubt on robotic surgery outcomes: researchers found that surgical revision rates in total knee replacements did not differ significantly between robotic and traditional approaches. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 15 Feb. 2024 For the past three seasons, McKenna has served as a reliable backup outfielder who can play all three spots, be a defensive replacement for Santander, enter as a pinch runner and hold his own against left-handed pitching. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 Deputy County Administrator Tom Stallings will serve as the acting director of the department in Taneja’s absence, and a search will begin immediately for his replacement, according to the news release. Ciara McCarthy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of replacement was in 1743

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Cite this Entry

“Replacement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replacement. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

replacement

noun
re·​place·​ment ri-ˈplā-smənt How to pronounce replacement (audio)
1
: the act of replacing : the state of being replaced
2
: one that replaces another : substitute

Legal Definition

replacement

noun
re·​place·​ment
1
a
: the act of replacing : the state of being replaced
b
: an insurer's option under a policy to replace or repair damaged property rather than pay the insured for the loss
2
: something that replaces
specifically : a new fixed asset or portion of an asset that takes the place of one discarded (as because of deterioration)

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