What does displace mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. displaceverb

    cause to move, usually with force or pressure

    "the refugees were displaced by the war"

  2. preempt, displaceverb

    take the place of or have precedence over

    "live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour"; "discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor"

  3. displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminateverb

    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

    "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"

  4. move, displaceverb

    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

    "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"


  1. displaceverb

    To move something, or someone, especially to forcibly move people from their homeland.

  2. displaceverb

    To supplant, or take the place of something or someone; to substitute.

  3. displaceverb

    To have a weight equal to that of the water displaced.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Displaceverb

    Etymology: dis and place.

    To displace any who are in, upon displeasure, is by all means to be avoided, unless there be a manifest cause for it. Francis Bacon.

    Abdal, who commands
    The city, is the prince’s friend, and therefore
    Must be displac’d, and thou shalt strait succeed him. John Denham.

    A religion established by God himself, should not be displaced by any thing, under a demonstration of that divine power that first introduced it. Robert South, Sermons.

    One then may be displac’d, and one may reign;
    And want of merit render birthright vain. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    You have displac’d the mirth, broke the good meeting,
    With most admir’d disorder. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. displace

    Displace generally means to move, shift or remove something from its usual or proper place. In physics, it often refers to the change in position of an object. In human context, it may refer to forcing people to leave their homes, typically because of war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Displaceverb

    to change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation; as, the books in the library are all displaced

  2. Displaceverb

    to crowd out; to take the place of

  3. Displaceverb

    to remove from a state, office, dignity, or employment; to discharge; to depose; as, to displace an officer of the revenue

  4. Displaceverb

    to dislodge; to drive away; to banish

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Displace

    dis-plās′, v.t. to put out of place: to disarrange: to remove from a state, office, or dignity.—adj. Displace′able.—n. Displace′ment, a putting out of place: the difference between the position of a body at a given time and that occupied at first: the quantity of water displaced by a ship afloat. [O. Fr. desplacer—L. dis, neg., and place.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of displace in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of displace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of displace in a Sentence

  1. David Kaplan:

    This field is not intended to initially displace traditional animal agriculture. There( are) too many needs right now, but it's going to start slowly and build.

  2. Julie Metcalf Kinney:

    The tactics we are facing, of sneaky and illegal foreclosure tactics, predatory banking and loans, elected judges who take campaign contributions from the real estate industry, coupled with violence from law enforcement and no real due process, have been used across this historically Black neighborhood to displace Black and poor people, if Black and Indigenous lives matter in Portland, this must stop.

  3. Guy Thomas:

    My gut feeling says there are a lot of forces out there -- especially European vested interests -- that were never keen on November and December matches, so will quite happily use this to try and displace Qatar 2022.

  4. Tim Denoyer:

    While electric truck sales will be fairly significant in coming years, I don't think it will displace diesel anytime soon especially in highway, long-haul trucking where obviously battery capacity and range anxiety present itself.

  5. Jan Kubis:

    Despite their steady losses to pro government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering.

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