- 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 Supersede implies that that which is replacing another is an improvement: The computer has superseded the typewriter.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 replacing
In the next election, MassEquality took Vinnie out, replacing him with a young gay man, Carl Sciortino.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
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At the same time YouTube was replacing MTV as the go-to place for music videos.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
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Mitochondrial intervention is the practice of replacing DNA that carries a genetic disease.Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction
November 24, 2014
But the option of replacing a new diplomatic breakthrough with open-ended diplomatic muddle-through is not on the table.Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace
November 23, 2014
They have no intention of “replacing” Obamacare with anything, and they never did.How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?
October 29, 2014
But Simba was replacing carefully the talisman in its wrappings.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"Hardly," he responded, touching a light to the wick and replacing the chimney.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Instantly I put out the light I held, replacing the lamp in the bracket.The Prisoner of Zenda
She was growing calm, her agitation was quieting and a grim sternness was replacing it.The Sea-Hawk
Rathburn surveyed his work with a grin, replacing the pencil in his shirt pocket.The Coyote
- 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
Word Origin and History for replacing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper