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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

Prefix re- + place.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to replace

Third person singular
replac

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to replace (third-person singular simple present replac, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  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. — 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
  4. (transitive) To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfil 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. — Whewell.
  5. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To place again.
  6. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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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