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Word of the Day
Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Definitions for supplant

  1. To take the place of (another), especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics; as, a rival supplants another.
  2. To take the place of and serve as a substitute for.

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Citations for supplant
He's your rival. The one you'll have to supplant. Peter Brooks, World Elsewhere
In traditional accounts, early Greek times appear as a succession of migrations; one tribe drives out and supplants another until driven out in turn by a third, and this process may have lasted many hundreds of years. Jacob Burckhardt, The Greeks and Greek Civilization
Origin of supplant
Supplant derives from Latin supplantare, "to put one's foot under another, to throw down a person by tripping up his heels," from sub-, "under" + plantare, "to stamp the ground with the foot," from planta, "the sole of the foot."