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.

1545–55; dis-1 + place, perhaps modeled on Middle French desplacer

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.
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displace (dɪsˈpleɪs)
1.  to move from the usual or correct location
2.  to remove from office or employment
3.  to occupy the place of; replace; supplant
4.  to force (someone) to leave home or country, as during a war
5.  chem to replace (an atom or group in a chemical compound) by another atom or group
6.  physics to cause a displacement of (a quantity of liquid, usually water of a specified type and density)

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from O.Fr. desplacer, from des- "dis-" + placer "to place." Related: Displaced. Displaced person refugee is from 1944.
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Example sentences
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
That's the actual weight of the water the ship would displace and thus the
  weight of the ship itself.
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