Definition of displace in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈplās/


[with object]
1Take over the place, position, or role of (someone or something): in the northern states of India, Hindi has largely displaced English
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  • As a founding myth, the Russian Revolution was largely displaced by the Second World War, and the Brezhnev regime seemed more committed to gradualism than any Fabian.
  • Capital, displaced from its traditional role as orchestrator of productive co-operation, thus tends to take the form of an apparatus of capture.
  • Although the changes employed by Friedman and Koepp to modernize the story are adequate in displacing many of the book's events to a contemporary time frame, they result in a tale that is rife with logical errors.
replace, take the place of, supplant, supersede
1.1Cause (something) to move from its proper or usual place: he seems to have displaced some vertebrae
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  • Subjects were asked to adhere to the following instructions pertaining to legal moves when displacing balls.
  • As the coil moves, it displaces a needle or other indicator that points along a pre-calibrated scale to give the pressure measurement.
  • During activation the paddle is thought to move into a more upright position, displacing charge through the membrane.
dislodge, dislocate, move, shift, reposition;
move out of place, knock out of place/position
1.2 (usually be displaced) Force (someone) to leave their home, typically because of war, persecution, or natural disaster: thousands of people have been displaced by the civil war
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  • Presently, more than 10 million people are displaced by natural and man-made disasters in the world.
  • Thousands of internally displaced families are forced to give up their temporary housing as the original owners return.
  • More than 1 million people were displaced in the historic disaster, and in Texas alone, 15,000 people face immediate eviction from their apartments.
1.3Remove (someone) from a job or position of authority against their will: his aides were discredited and displaced
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  • Too many local authorities are needlessly displacing people through unnecessary commercial prestige redevelopments, says a State Council circular which has been distributed nationally.
  • He had been here since long before I was born, and it would be too difficult to displace him and put someone else into his position.
  • Amidst threats, he protects the son of the Trojan Hector, and in doing so, he causes himself to be displaced from a position of central authority.
depose, dislodge, unseat, remove (from office), dismiss, eject, oust, expel, force out, drive out;
informal boot out, give someone the boot, show someone the door, bump



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  • The next stage in this adjudication is to determine why the displacer was not designed larger.
  • This means that if the gate is in the horizontal position, the gate torque is at its maximum and the displacer at its minimum.
  • The displacer piston displaces hot air and cold air.


Mid 16th century: from Old French desplacer.

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Syllabification: dis·place

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