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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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  • The arches look as if they had supplanted a sixth arch of the nave.

  • The truth was that the husband had been killed and supplanted by the horse.

    Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • Not that Nature in any form or any measure had supplanted his thoughts of Jane.

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Oh, yes, I recollect now;—you are the person who have supplanted my son.

  • The enchantments are supplanted by a Spirit proceeding from that Father, a Spirit of truth.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
British Dictionary definitions for supplanted


(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 supplanted



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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