- 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 Supersede implies that that which is replacing another is an improvement: The computer has superseded the typewriter.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 replaced
The legal jungle must be bulldozed, and replaced by radically simpler framework of goals and principles.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The “smile through tears” had replaced the previous mindset that laughing was for the poor.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
The prize will not be replaced if lost, mutilated, or stolen.
Why has Michael Bloomberg replaced his longtime lieutenant with the editor-in-chief of The Economist?Inside Bloomberg News’ Shock Shake-Up
December 9, 2014
I do feel that television and movies to some extent—which are even more dangerous—have replaced books in terms of where people go.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video
November 25, 2014
He lighted the lamp, turned down the wick, and replaced the chimney.Way of the Lawless
The Sempers can never be imitated, passed on to the next class, nor replaced.
Emma is Emma, you know, and cannot be duplicated, imitated nor replaced.
She turned immediately and went back, he following, and replaced the key.Weighed and Wanting
All trace of stress and strain had left it, replaced by an enigmatic calm.The Bacillus of Beauty
- 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 replaced
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