displaced

[ dis-pleyst ]
/ dɪsˈpleɪst /

adjective

lacking a home, country, etc.
moved or put out of the usual or proper place.

noun

(used with a plural verb) persons who lack a home, as through political exile, destruction of their previous shelter, or lack of financial resources (usually preceded by the): After the earthquake, the displaced were temporarily housed in armories.

Nearby words

  1. dispirit,
  2. dispirited,
  3. dispiriting,
  4. dispiteous,
  5. displace,
  6. displaced homemaker,
  7. displaced person,
  8. displacement,
  9. displacement activity,
  10. displacement current

Origin of displaced

First recorded in 1565–75; displace + -ed2

Related formsun·dis·placed, adjective

displace

[ dis-pleys ]
/ dɪsˈpleɪs /

verb (used with object), dis·placed, dis·plac·ing.

to compel (a person or persons) to leave home, country, etc.
to move or put out of the usual or proper place.
to take the place of; replace; supplant: Fiction displaces fact.
to remove from a position, office, or dignity.
Obsolete. to rid oneself of.

Origin of displace

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

Related formsdis·place·a·ble, adjectivepre·dis·place, verb (used with object), pre·dis·placed, pre·dis·plac·ing.un·dis·place·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

2. 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for displaced

displace

/ (dɪsˈpleɪs) /

verb (tr)

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

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Word Origin and History for displaced

displace

v.

1550s, from Middle French desplacer (15c.), from des- (see dis-) + placer "to place." Related: Displaced; displacing. Displaced person "refugee" is from 1944.

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