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[suh-plant, -plahnt] /səˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
to replace (one thing) by something else.
Origin of supplant
1250-1300; Middle English supplanten < Latin supplantāre to trip up, overthrow. See sup-, plant
Related forms
[suhp-luh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌsʌp lənˈteɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
supplanter, noun
unsupplanted, adjective
Can be confused
supplant, supplicant, suppliant.
1. remove, succeed. See replace. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for supplant
  • But you still use those highways and road projects, so other program budgets are negatively effected to supplant your lost fees.
  • No method currently under study is robust enough yet to supplant mammography.
  • Alternative energy can not, at this date, supplant dinosaur energy.
  • Social media attempts to supplant that feeling, but so many cues are lost across the wires.
  • The instruction aimed, as already pointed out, not to supplant but to supplement apprenticeship.
  • Listen, all the theologies and ideologies that were going to supplant ours are gone.
  • University administrators that try to supplant courts are little more than vigilantes in suits.
  • He seems, indeed, to have regarded it as the capital instance of the poetry he wished to supplant.
  • The good bugs might supplant the bad, and our existing drugs might once more be able to shoulder the load.
  • Progressive supplant supply and demand with command and control economic policy.
British Dictionary definitions for supplant


(transitive) to take the place of, often by trickery or force: he easily supplanted his rival
Derived Forms
supplantation (ˌsʌplɑːnˈteɪʃən) noun
supplanter, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin supplantāre to trip up, from sub- from below + planta sole of the foot
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Word Origin and History for supplant

c.1300, "to trip up, overthrow, defeat, dispossess," from Old French supplanter "to trip up, overthrow," from Latin supplantare "trip up, overthrow," from sub "under" + planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)). Meaning "replace one thing with another" first recorded 1670s. Interesting sense evolution parallel in Hebrew akabh "he beguiled," from akebh "heel."

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