[suh-plant, -plahnt]
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

Synonyms for supplant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for supplanting

Contemporary Examples of supplanting

Historical Examples of supplanting

  • If you can help him to the seniorship instead of supplanting him, be a brave boy, and do it.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • It is the modern, not supplanting or effacing, but standing by the old.

    Royal Edinburgh

    Margaret Oliphant

  • He came with the renewed hope of supplanting Washington uppermost in his breast.

  • This was a new era in the history of the supplanting, planning Jacob.

    Notes on the Book of Genesis

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

  • Or is he so sure of his standing that he fears no supplanting?

    Helmet of Navarre

    Bertha Runkle

British Dictionary definitions for supplanting


  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 supplanting



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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