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[ri-pleys] /rɪˈpleɪs/
verb (used with object), replaced, replacing.
to assume the former role, position, or function of; substitute for (a person or thing):
Electricity has replaced gas in lighting.
to provide a substitute or equivalent in the place of:
to replace a broken dish.
to restore; return; make good:
to replace a sum of money borrowed.
to restore to a former or the proper place:
to replace the vase on the table.
Origin of replace
1585-95; re- + place
Related forms
replaceable, adjective
replaceability, noun
replacer, noun
nonreplaceable, adjective
quasi-replaced, adjective
unreplaceable, adjective
unreplaced, adjective
well-replaced, adjective
1. succeed. Replace, supersede, supplant refer to putting one thing or person in place of another. To replace is to take the place of, to succeed: Ms. Jones will replace Mr. Smith as president. Supersede implies that that which is replacing another is an improvement: The computer has superseded the typewriter. Supplant implies that that which takes the other's place has ousted the former holder and usurped the position or function, especially by art or fraud: to supplant a former favorite. 3. refund, repay. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to take the place of; supersede: the manual worker is being replaced by the machine
to substitute a person or thing for (another which has ceased to fulfil its function); put in place of: to replace an old pair of shoes
to put back or return; restore to its rightful place
Derived Forms
replaceable, adjective
replaceability, noun
replacer, noun
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Word Origin and History for replaceable

1805, from replace (v.) + -able. Related: Replaceability.



1590s, "to restore to a previous place or position," from re- "back, again" + place (v.). Meaning "to take the place of" is recorded from 1753; that of "to fill the place of (with something else)" is from 1765. Related: Replaced; replacing.

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