[ suh-plant, -plahnt ]
/ səˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt /

verb (used with object)

to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
to replace (one thing) by something else.

Nearby words

  1. suppedaneum,
  2. supper,
  3. supper club,
  4. suppertime,
  5. suppiluliumas i,
  6. supplantation,
  7. supple,
  8. supplejack,
  9. supplely,
  10. supplement

Origin of supplant

1250–1300; Middle English supplanten < Latin supplantāre to trip up, overthrow. See sup-, plant

Related formssup·plan·ta·tion [suhp-luhn-tey-shuhn] /ˌsʌp lənˈteɪ ʃən/, nounsup·plant·er, nounun·sup·plant·ed, adjective

Can be confusedsupplant supplicant suppliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for supplant


/ (səˈplɑːnt) /


(tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or forcehe easily supplanted his rival
Derived Formssupplantation (ˌsʌplɑːnˈteɪʃən), nounsupplanter, noun

Word Origin for supplant

C13: via Old French from Latin supplantāre to trip up, from sub- from below + planta sole of the foot

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Word Origin and History for supplant



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."

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