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[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.
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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

  • Oh, it was hard to give up so much to so unworthy a supplanter!

    The Fortunes of the Farrells

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • "Ransom," his supplanter learned, had come light and gone light.

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • There was Mirza Mogul, daily growing more jealous of his supplanter.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

  • Smith had in no wise seemed to resent the presence of his supplanter.

  • There was neither jealousy nor envy in my feelings toward my supplanter.

    The Doctor's Dilemma

    Hesba Stretton

British Dictionary definitions for supplanter


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

Word Origin

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 supplanter



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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