[ suh-plant, -plahnt ]
See synonyms for: supplantsupplantedsupplantingsupplanter on

verb (used with object)
  1. to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.

  2. to replace (one thing) by something else.

Origin of supplant

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English supplanten, from Latin supplantāre “to trip up, overthrow”; see sup-, plant

synonym study For supplant

1. See replace.

Other words for supplant

Other words from supplant

  • sup·plan·ta·tion [suhp-luhn-tey-shuhn], /ˌsʌp lənˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
  • sup·plant·er, noun

Words that may be confused with supplant

Words Nearby supplant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use supplant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for supplant


/ (səˈplɑːnt) /

  1. (tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or force: he easily supplanted his rival

Origin of supplant

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

Derived forms of supplant

  • supplantation (ˌsʌplɑːnˈteɪʃən), noun
  • supplanter, noun

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