View synonyms for displace


[ dis-pleys ]

verb (used with object)

, dis·placed, dis·plac·ing.
  1. to compel (a person or persons) to leave home, country, etc.
  2. to move or put out of the usual or proper place.

    Synonyms: relocate

  3. to take the place of; replace; supplant:

    Fiction displaces fact.

  4. to remove from a position, office, or dignity.

    Synonyms: dismiss, oust, depose

  5. Obsolete. to rid oneself of.


/ dɪsˈpleɪs /


  1. to move from the usual or correct location
  2. to remove from office or employment
  3. to occupy the place of; replace; supplant
  4. to force (someone) to leave home or country, as during a war
  5. chem to replace (an atom or group in a chemical compound) by another atom or group
  6. physics to cause a displacement of (a quantity of liquid, usually water of a specified type and density)

Discover More

Derived Forms

  • disˈplacer, noun
  • disˈplaceable, adjective

Discover More

Other Words From

  • dis·placea·ble adjective
  • predis·place verb (used with object) predisplaced predisplacing
  • undis·placea·ble adjective

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of displace1

1545–55; dis- 1 + place, perhaps modeled on Middle French desplacer

Discover More

Synonym Study

Displace, misplace mean to put something in a different place from where it should be. To displace often means to shift something solid and comparatively immovable, more or less permanently from its place: The flood displaced houses from their foundations. To misplace is to put an object in a wrong place so that it is difficult to find: Papers belonging in the safe were misplaced and temporarily lost.

Discover More

Example Sentences

When modern humans arrived on the scene in Eurasia, our numbers grew larger, we spread even further, and the Neanderthals and Denisovans ended up displaced and eventually extinct.

More than 50 people were displaced after a fire tore through an apartment building in Montgomery County.

That’s because road salts displace minerals in soil and groundwater, creating a condition known as physiological drought.

Meanwhile, the threat of being displaced by machines doesn’t improve worker efficiency.

From Ozy

Helena’s compassion saves Radius from the stamping mill, and he later leads the robot revolution that displaces the humans from power.

The tests in the study assumed that the ship would displace about 9690-tons; the Zumwalt is a 15,500-ton vessel.

But as machines continue to displace humans in a range of fields, they may exacerbate our structural problems with jobs growth.

And yet stories of individual acts of kindness and bravery are beginning to displace the horror.

The damaged Monson home of two college-aged sisters, rendered unlivable, would displace their family for a year.

As someone who rejects that view, play futurist for a second: What kind of technologies could displace the Internet?

There is much controversy as to whether stop-keys will eventually displace the older fashioned draw-knobs.

How well united you were in the choice of me I never was informed, and how soon attempts may be made to displace me I know not.

She had to displace her guitar from the sofa on which she had left it, to make room for her uncle to sit by her side.

Friendship between men is a beautiful thing, but of such delicate poise that only the touch of a finger is needed to displace it.

As the public expenses displace labour without increasing it, a second serious presumption presents itself against them.


Related Words