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Meaning & Definition of Displace in English

English

Displace

/dɪsples/

verb

1. Cause to move, usually with force or pressure

  • "The refugees were displaced by the war"
    synonym:
  • displace

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • preempt
  • ,
  • displace

3. Terminate the employment of

  • Discharge from an office or position
  • "The boss fired his secretary today"
  • "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
    synonym:
  • displace
  • ,
  • fire
  • ,
  • give notice
  • ,
  • can
  • ,
  • dismiss
  • ,
  • give the axe
  • ,
  • send away
  • ,
  • sack
  • ,
  • force out
  • ,
  • give the sack
  • ,
  • terminate

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • move
  • ,
  • displace