- 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 supplanting
If selected, he would have to give up his seat in the House and any hope of supplanting John Boehner as speaker.Six Dark Horses Romney Could Pick for His Running Mate
April 22, 2012
While earning millions, reality-TV stars are supplanting the role of movie stars in some ways.The 10 Highest-Earning Reality Stars
December 6, 2010
Web sites are supplanting mosques, madrassas and cafes as the incubators of Islamist radicalism.The Next 'Jihad Jamie'?
March 14, 2010
Not that Dodd, his closest friend in the Senate, is supplanting Kennedy.The Perilous Task of Passing Health Care Without Ted Kennedy
July 5, 2009
If you can help him to the seniorship instead of supplanting him, be a brave boy, and do it.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
It is the modern, not supplanting or effacing, but standing by the old.Royal Edinburgh
He came with the renewed hope of supplanting Washington uppermost in his breast.The American Revolution
This was a new era in the history of the supplanting, planning Jacob.Notes on the Book of Genesis
Charles Henry Mackintosh
Or is he so sure of his standing that he fears no supplanting?Helmet of Navarre
- (tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or forcehe easily supplanted his rival
Word Origin and History for supplanting
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."