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[dis-pleys] /dɪsˈpleɪs/
verb (used with object), displaced, displacing.
to compel (a person or persons) to leave home, country, etc.
to move or put out of the usual or proper place.
to take the place of; replace; supplant:
Fiction displaces fact.
to remove from a position, office, or dignity.
Obsolete. to rid oneself of.
Origin of displace
1545-55; dis-1 + place, perhaps modeled on Middle French desplacer
Related forms
displaceable, adjective
predisplace, verb (used with object), predisplaced, predisplacing.
undisplaceable, adjective
2. relocate. Displace, misplace mean to put something in a different place from where it should be. To displace often means to shift something solid and comparatively immovable, more or less permanently from its place: The flood displaced houses from their foundations. To misplace is to put an object in a wrong place so that it is difficult to find: Papers belonging in the safe were misplaced and temporarily lost. 4. depose, oust, dismiss. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Velasquez ignored the suggestions that he displace Cortes until it was too late.

    South American Fights and Fighters Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Gates endeavored to displace Washington, but ruined himself in the attempt.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Calling Dr. Whewell to his aid in 1833, he endeavoured to displace by others all terms tainted by a foregone conclusion.

  • We floated like corks, we were so light, and so little water did we displace.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • The amputations were my greatest dread, lest I might displace bandages and set an artery bleeding.

    Memories Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
British Dictionary definitions for displace


verb (transitive)
to move from the usual or correct location
to remove from office or employment
to occupy the place of; replace; supplant
to force (someone) to leave home or country, as during a war
(chem) to replace (an atom or group in a chemical compound) by another atom or group
(physics) to cause a displacement of (a quantity of liquid, usually water of a specified type and density)
Derived Forms
displaceable, adjective
displacer, noun
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Word Origin and History for displace

1550s, from Middle French desplacer (15c.), from des- (see dis-) + placer "to place." Related: Displaced; displacing. Displaced person "refugee" is from 1944.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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