replace

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verb (used with object), re·placed, re·plac·ing.
  1. to assume the former role, position, or function of; substitute for (a person or thing): Electricity has replaced gas in lighting.
  2. to provide a substitute or equivalent in the place of: to replace a broken dish.
  3. to restore; return; make good: to replace a sum of money borrowed.
  4. to restore to a former or the proper place: to replace the vase on the table.

Origin of replace

First recorded in 1585–95; re- + place
Related formsre·place·a·ble, adjectivere·place·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·plac·er, nounnon·re·place·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-re·placed, adjectiveun·re·place·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·placed, adjectivewell-re·placed, adjective

Synonyms for 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 Supersede implies that that which is replacing another is an improvement: The computer has superseded the typewriter.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

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Historical Examples of replacing

  • 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.

  • She was growing calm, her agitation was quieting and a grim sternness was replacing it.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Rathburn surveyed his work with a grin, replacing the pencil in his shirt pocket.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for replacing

replace

verb (tr)
  1. to take the place of; supersedethe manual worker is being replaced by the machine
  2. 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
  3. to put back or return; restore to its rightful place
Derived Formsreplaceable, adjectivereplaceability, nounreplacer, noun
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Word Origin and History for replacing

replace

v.

1590s, "to restore to a previous place or position," from re- "back, again" + place (v.). Meaning "to take the place of" is recorded from 1753; that of "to fill the place of (with something else)" is from 1765. Related: Replaced; replacing.

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