- to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
- to replace (one thing) by something else.
Origin of supplant
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Examples from the Web for supplanted
We live in the world of Zero Dark Thirty; factual accuracy has supplanted fantasy technology.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
But there was so much of myself that was kind of supplanted into that character.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
After World War II, college football began to be supplanted in the imagination of New Yorkers by the professional game.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA
January 26, 2014
Defense hawks have been supplanted by debt hawks, and this policy shift is making itself heard.Deciphering the Sequester: It's All About the Spending
February 26, 2013
All too quickly, of course, they are supplanted by giants, wizards, magical buses, and flying brooms.‘The Casual Vacancy’ Review: J.K. Rowling Cuts Loose From Harry Potter
September 27, 2012
Its visor grinned at him--the fool, the tricked, the supplanted.Viviette
William J. Locke
The truth was that the husband had been killed and supplanted by the horse.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
Oh, yes, I recollect now;—you are the person who have supplanted my son.The Politician Out-Witted
He had supplanted the captain whose captaincy he afterwards held.
Who was the man I supplanted, as you say—the man who has made me pay dear for it, as you think?
- (tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or forcehe easily supplanted his rival
Word Origin and History for supplanted
c.1300, "to trip up, overthrow, defeat, dispossess," from Old French supplanter "to trip up, overthrow," from Latin supplantare "trip up, overthrow," from sub "under" + planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)). Meaning "replace one thing with another" first recorded 1670s. Interesting sense evolution parallel in Hebrew akabh "he beguiled," from akebh "heel."