Definition of replace in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈplās/


[with object]
1Take the place of: Ian’s smile was replaced by a frown
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  • This system has quietly been replaced at every studio with a deal that returns about 55% to the studios no matter what week of the run it is.
  • When the play became a film, the entire original cast returned except for Tandy, who was replaced with Gone with the Wind's Vivien Leigh.
  • Just a year later on, and following the departure of Dalley, replaced by Ros Murray, the band appear to return to some of their earlier instrumental sound with this third album.
1.1Provide or find a substitute for (something that is broken, old, or inoperative): the light bulb needs replacing
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  • One of the charter boats had to be replaced at the last minute because of a broken bilge pump.
  • Although the broken window would still need to be replaced, the inner pane protects the building's interior from the fierce winds.
  • Broken roof tiles should be replaced and broken windows should be repaired.
substitute, exchange, change, swap
1.2Fill the role of (someone or something) with a substitute: the government dismissed 3,000 of its customs inspectors, replacing them with new recruits
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  • In China perhaps nationalism plays its most important role in replacing other elements in the official ideology that are having to be jettisoned to accommodate the effects of economic reform.
  • Denzel Washington does his thing in the Sinatra role, replacing Frank's shaken-but-confident characterization with an unsure and frightened soul.
  • What they have not said is that the particular foam that was in use at the time was an environmental substitute replacing a material that had worked well.
take the place of, succeed, take over from, supersede;
stand in for, substitute for, deputize for, cover for, relieve
informal step into someone's shoes/boots
2Put (something) back in a previous place or position: he drained his glass and replaced it on the bar
put back, return, restore



Example sentences
  • That milk replacer may very well contain cattle blood plasma, even though, in laboratory tests, mad cow-type diseases can be spread through blood plasma.
  • Depending on the quota situation, calves should be fed whole milk or milk replacer for the first 8 weeks of life, or until they consume at least 1kg of a high quality starter creep feed.
  • Its ‘Veggie’ brand encompasses veggie shreds (which melt well and taste pretty good too), cream cheese, feta crumbles, mozzarella for baking in pasta dishes, string cheese and Parmesan replacers.

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Syllabification: re·place

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