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1 substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected); "He replaced the old razor blade"; "We need to replace the secretary that left a month ago"; "the insurance will replace the lost income"; "This antique vase can never be replaced"
2 take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school" [syn: supplant, supersede, supervene upon]
3 put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk" [syn: substitute]
4 put something back where it belongs; "replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it"; "please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them" [syn: put back]

User Contributed Dictionary



Prefix re- + place.



  1. To restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like.
    When you've finished using the telephone, please replace the handset.
    The earl...was replaced in his government. — Bacon.
  2. To refund; to repay; to restore; as, to replace a sum of money borrowed.
    You can take what you need from the petty cash, but you must replace it tomorrow morning.
  3. To supply or substitute an equivalent for.
    I replaced my car with a newer model.
    The batteries were dead so I replaced them
  4. To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfil the end or office of.
    This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
    This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration. — Whewell.
  5. transitive rare To place again.
  6. transitive rare To put in a new or different place.

Usage notes

The propriety of the use of "replace" instead of "displace", "supersede", or "take the place of", as in the fourth definition, has been disputed on account of etymological discrepancy, but is standard English and universally accepted.

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to substitute

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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