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Webster 1913 Edition


Replace

Re-place′

(r?-pl?s′)
,
Verb.
T.
[Pref.
re-
+
place
: cf. F.
replacer
.]
1.
To place again; to restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like.
The earl . . . was
replaced
in his government.
Bacon.
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. Arnold.
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.
☞ 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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Replace

REPLA'CE

, v.t.
1.
To put again in the former place; as, to replace a book.
The earl - was replaced in his government.
2.
To put in a new place.
3.
To repay; to refund; as, to replace a sum of money borrowed
4.
To put a competent substitute in the place of another displaced or of something lost. The paper is lost and cannot be replaced.

Definition 2021


replace

replace

See also: replacé

English

Verb

replace (third-person singular simple present replaces, present participle replacing, simple past and past participle replaced)

  1. (transitive) To restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like.
    When you've finished using the telephone, please replace the handset.
    The earl...was replaced in his government.Francis Bacon.
  2. (transitive) To refund; to repay; to restore; as, to replace a sum of money borrowed.
    You can take what you need from the petty cash, but you must replace it tomorrow morning.
  3. (transitive) To supply or substitute an equivalent for.
    I replaced my car with a newer model.
    The batteries were dead so I replaced them
    • 2012 September 20, Andrew Brown, “Archbishop of Canterbury succession race begins in earnest”, in The Guardian (online):
      Next Wednesday, four women and 15 men on the Crown Nominations Commission will gather for two days of prayer and horsetrading to replace Rowan Williams as archbishop of Canterbury.
  4. (transitive) To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfill the end or office of.
    This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
    This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration.William Whewell.
  5. (transitive) To demolish a building and build an updated form of that building in its place.
  6. (transitive, rare) To place again.
  7. (transitive, rare) To put in a new or different place.

Usage notes

The propriety of the use of "replace" instead of "displace", "supersede", or "take the place of", as in the fourth definition, has been disputed on account of etymological discrepancy, but is standard English and universally accepted.

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French

Verb

replace

  1. first-person singular present indicative of replacer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of replacer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of replacer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of replacer
  5. second-person singular imperative of replacer