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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
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Examples from the web for displace
  • Corporations are starting to displace cities as the chief underwriters of public firework events.
  • People in isolated groups sometimes displace their intra-group tension and anger to the monitoring people on the outside.
  • Indeed, it is able to displace water and thus adhere to surfaces in aqueous solutions.
  • That's the actual weight of the water the ship would displace and thus the weight of the ship itself.
  • By manipulating the voltage, two facing polymers can be made to displace the fluid housed within them.
  • Indeed, it is able to displace water and thus adhere to surfaces even underwater.
  • The latter event can displace water vertically and thus generate a tsunami.
  • In his absence, two or three other hustlers arrived to displace him.
  • Being lighter than water, oil will displace the sea water on the inside of the dome.
  • There also exists little evidence that immigrants displace native workers.
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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