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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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  • I have cherished it ever since, and often have I rejoiced that I did not permit any subsequent images of a corpse to supplant it.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • Get one, and let him teach you and the men; but take good care that he does not supplant you.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • That ground is a program in which the deliberations of reason must supplant the folly of force.

  • That will teach you not to supplant me and go in my boat again, you young rascal!

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • He disliked Puttock, and he was envious of Norburn, who threatened to supplant him as the "rising man" of his party.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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