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Meaning & Definition of Replace in English





1. 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"
  • replace

2. 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"
  • supplant,
  • replace,
  • supersede,
  • supervene upon,
  • supercede

3. 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"
  • replace,
  • put back

4. 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"
  • substitute,
  • replace,
  • interchange,
  • exchange

Examples of using

We haven't been able to get anyone to replace Tom.
You can't replace the comma with a period in this sentence.
How many men does it take to replace an empty toilet roll? No one knows, it's never happened.