[suh-plant, -plahnt]
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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

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

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Historical Examples of supplanted

  • Its visor grinned at him--the fool, the tricked, the supplanted.


    William J. Locke

  • The truth was that the husband had been killed and supplanted by the horse.

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain

  • Oh, yes, I recollect now;—you are the person who have supplanted my son.

  • He had supplanted the captain whose captaincy he afterwards held.

  • Who was the man I supplanted, as you say—the man who has made me pay dear for it, as you think?

British Dictionary definitions for supplanted


  1. (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 supplanted



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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