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Princeton's WordNet

  1. replaceverb

    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"

  2. supplant, replace, supersede, supervene upon, supercedeverb

    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"

  3. replace, put backverb

    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"

  4. substitute, replace, interchange, exchangeverb

    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"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"


  1. replaceverb

    To restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like.

  2. replaceverb

    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. replaceverb

    To supply or substitute an equivalent for.

  4. replaceverb

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

  5. replaceverb

    To demolish a building and build a updated form of that building in its place.

  6. replaceverb

    To place again.

  7. replaceverb

    To put in a new or different place.

  8. Etymology: Prefix re- + place.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Replaceverb

    Etymology: replacer, Fr. re and place.

    The earl being apprehended, upon examination cleared himself so well, as he was replaced in his government. Francis Bacon.

    The bowls, remov’d for fear,
    The youths replac’d; and soon restor’d the chear. Dryden.

    His gods put themselves under his protection, to be replaced in their promised Italy. John Dryden, Virgil. Ded. to.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Replaceverb

    to place again; to restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like

  2. Replaceverb

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

  3. Replaceverb

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

  4. Replaceverb

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

  5. Replaceverb

    to put in a new or different place

  6. Etymology: [Pref. re- + place: cf. F. replacer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Replace

    rē-plās′, v.t. to place back: to put again in a former place, condition, &c.: to repay: to provide a substitute for: to take the place of.—adj. Replace′able.—ns. Replace′ment, act of replacing: the removal of an edge of crystal, by one plane or more; Replac′er, a substitute; Car′-replac′er, a device on American railways for replacing derailed wheels on the track.—Replacing switch, a pair of iron plates fitting over the rails, used as a bridge to replace on the track derailed railway stock.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'replace' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3014

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'replace' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2872

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'replace' in Verbs Frequency: #206

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of replace in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of replace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of replace in a Sentence

  1. Jason Potts:

    Trust in sending that person down below the water line to accomplish the mission, to repair a ship, you consider the fact that we send our divers down to replace 55,000-pound propellers on a submarine, and we send that submarine to sea to go out and support our combatant commanders on that one person's or two people's word that that ship is ready to go. That's an immense amount of trust.

  2. Leana Wen:

    Regular, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals is an important layer of protection. Vaccination and testing is enough to replace the need for masking.

  3. Matthew Growney:

    We listened to teachers for feedback on how the tablet was most effective, one thing that teachers loved was that the tablet did not replace physical, hands-on learning. For instance, you can use Fable to design a ‘frog catcher.’ Create the drawing on the tablet, answer questions, give them physical materials like a shoe box and construction paper and then answer an assessment afterward on the tablet. It’s all about digital to physical back to digital. That is really where education is headed from a deployment standpoint.

  4. Bill Gross:

    It is demand that must be increased – yes, China must move more quickly to a consumer-based economy but the developed world must play its part by abandoning its destructive emphasis on fiscal austerity, and begin to replace its rapidly decaying infrastructure that has been delayed for decades.

  5. Tang Min:

    But it can't replace the' regular' economy — what can be sold or bought on the streets is very limited, the government can't let it grow unchecked — it has to be regulated as we continue to experiment with and explore this option.

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    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
    • A. empire
    • B. contribution
    • C. permutation
    • D. model

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