Definitions for: Replace

[v] substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected); "He replaced the old razor blade"; "We need to replace the secretary that left a month ago"; "the insurance will replace the lost income"; "This antique vase can never be replaced"
[v] take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"
[v] put something back where it belongs; "replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it"; "please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them"
[v] put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*place" (r?-pl?s"), v. t. [Pref. re- + place: cf. F.
1. To place again; to restore to a former place, position,
condition, or the like.

The earl . . . was replaced in his government.

2. To refund; to repay; to restore; as, to replace a sum of
money borrowed.

3. To supply or substitute an equivalent for; as, to replace
a lost document.

With Israel, religion replaced morality. --M.

4. To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfull
the end or office of.

This duty of right intention does not replace or
supersede the duty of consideration. --Whewell.

5. To put in a new or different place.

Note: The propriety of the use of replace instead of
displace, supersede, take the place of, as in the third
and fourth definitions, is often disputed on account of
etymological discrepancy; but the use has been
sanctioned by the practice of careful writers.

Replaced crystal (Crystallog.), a crystal having one or
more planes in the place of its edges or angles.

Synonyms: put back, substitute, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

See Also: change, change, come after, commute, convert, deputise, deputize, exchange, exchange, follow, hang up, interchange, lay, novate, oust, place, pose, position, put, reduce, regenerate, renew, retool, set, shift, stand in, step in, subrogate, substitute, succeed, truncate, usurp

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