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[dis-pleyst] /dɪsˈpleɪst/
lacking a home, country, etc.
moved or put out of the usual or proper place.
(used with a plural verb) persons who lack a home, as through political exile, destruction of their previous shelter, or lack of financial resources (usually preceded by the):
After the earthquake, the displaced were temporarily housed in armories.
Origin of displaced
1565-75; displace + -ed2
Related forms
undisplaced, adjective


[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.
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 displaced
  • The arm is displaced below the hips but remains articulated.
  • At the same time, the cost of human labour will fall as workers are displaced.
  • In reference to the internally displaced people, they are not migrant workers, they are displaced people.
  • These include police, hospital and orphanage logs, as well as logbooks from camps for the displaced.
  • Many more displaced families have been crammed into squalid public buildings.
  • But many of the displaced tenants of formerly rent-controlled buildings have simply disappeared.
  • And people are often displaced to make way for the new lake.
  • Education and social security will have to adapt to a world in which jobs continue to be created and displaced at a rapid rate.
  • But the population has waned, displaced by hurricanes, so companies must look elsewhere for their workers.
  • Academia could make this so much easier on the displaced if the situation were handled humanely and with support.
British Dictionary definitions for displaced


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 displaced



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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