- to compel (a person or persons) to leave home, country, etc.
- to move or put out of the usual or proper place.
- to take the place of; replace; supplant: Fiction displaces fact.
- to remove from a position, office, or dignity.
- Obsolete. to rid oneself of.
Origin of displace
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Examples from the Web for displace
But as machines continue to displace humans in a range of fields, they may exacerbate our structural problems with jobs growth.Robotic Technologies Could Aggravate the U.S. Problem of Slow Jobs Growth
July 19, 2013
And yet stories of individual acts of kindness and bravery are beginning to displace the horror.‘In the Face of Evil, Americans Will Lift Up What’s Good’
April 18, 2013
As someone who rejects that view, play futurist for a second: What kind of technologies could displace the Internet?The Internet Won’t Save Us: Evgeny Morozov’s Stand Against Technology Solutionism
March 5, 2013
The 40th mile of capacity will displace gasoline only on trips over 40 miles.
The first mile worth of battery capacity added to the vehicle will displace gasoline every time you use it.
Gates endeavored to displace Washington, but ruined himself in the attempt.The Siege of Boston
There was an interval of slight awkwardness, which Susy endeavored to displace.A Waif of the Plains
We floated like corks, we were so light, and so little water did we displace.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
The yellow newspapers thrive and displace all the others because he likes them.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
The nation did not send them to displace, but to support me.Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II
Fleury de Chaboulon.
- to move from the usual or correct location
- to remove from office or employment
- to occupy the place of; replace; supplant
- to force (someone) to leave home or country, as during a war
- chem to replace (an atom or group in a chemical compound) by another atom or group
- physics to cause a displacement of (a quantity of liquid, usually water of a specified type and density)
Word Origin and History for displace
1550s, from Middle French desplacer (15c.), from des- (see dis-) + placer "to place." Related: Displaced; displacing. Displaced person "refugee" is from 1944.