- to assume the former role, position, or function of; substitute for (a person or thing): Electricity has replaced gas in lighting.
- to provide a substitute or equivalent in the place of: to replace a broken dish.
- to restore; return; make good: to replace a sum of money borrowed.
- to restore to a former or the proper place: to replace the vase on the table.
Origin of replace
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1. succeed. Replace, supersede, supplant refer to putting one thing or person in place of another. To replace is to take the place of, to succeed: Ms. Jones will replace Mr. Smith as president. Supersede implies that that which is replacing another is an improvement: The computer has superseded the typewriter. Supplant implies that that which takes the other's place has ousted the former holder and usurped the position or function, especially by art or fraud: to supplant a former favorite. 3. refund, repay.
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Examples from the Web for replace
He also wants to “replace every existing organism with a better one.”Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
But this year, instead of simply voting against Boehner on Tuesday, at least two members of the group are vying to replace him.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
It has grown from a rotten root—striving to replace human judgment with detailed dictates.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Because this food source could abruptly disappear at any time, cutworm moths cannot be counted on to replace pine nuts.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
But Klein offers nothing specific to replace that structurelessness.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing
November 17, 2014
When this spirit of citizenship is missing, no government program can replace it.
I must not pretend, then, that I have a system ready to replace all the other systems.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions will be renamed.The Imaginary Invalid
She tried to replace the package of letters exactly as she had found them.Her Father's Daughter
When they are quite dry, take them out, and replace them with others.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- to take the place of; supersedethe manual worker is being replaced by the machine
- to substitute a person or thing for (another which has ceased to fulfil its function); put in place ofto replace an old pair of shoes
- to put back or return; restore to its rightful place
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Word Origin and History for replace
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