- lacking a home, country, etc.
- moved or put out of the usual or proper place.
- (used with a plural verb) persons who lack a home, as through political exile, destruction of their previous shelter, or lack of financial resources (usually preceded by the): After the earthquake, the displaced were temporarily housed in armories.
Origin of displaced
- 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 displaced
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
Now that he and his family are displaced and the risks have escalated he wants to leave.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
Displaced girls, especially, face the triple jeopardy of war, domestic violence and attacks from neighboring men.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
Reality shows are as tightly storylined and produced as drama, the genre they displaced.‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale
July 23, 2014
When you look at Iraq, some people say 200,000 civilians have died there and millions have been displaced.Mark Ruffalo Blasts Iraq’s GOP Warmongers, Talks ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Avengers’
June 30, 2014
This was so unexpected that his wrath was, for the instant, displaced by astonishment.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Was I to get on to the top form of my division, and if so, was it Langrish or Purkis who was to be displaced?Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
All the old-time flowers are favorites there and refuse to be displaced by any newcomer.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
On reaching my mother's tomb we saw that the stone was displaced.The Man With The Broken Ear
It is a cavalry barracks: dragoons have displaced Dominicans.
- 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 displaced
1550s, from Middle French desplacer (15c.), from des- (see dis-) + placer "to place." Related: Displaced; displacing. Displaced person "refugee" is from 1944.