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displace

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈpleɪs
 
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Definition of displace in English:

verb

[with object]
1Take over the place, position, or role of: he believes that books may be displaced by the electronic word
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
replace, take the place of, take over from, supplant, oust, supersede, succeed, override
informal crowd out
1.1Move (something) from its proper or usual position: he seems to have displaced some vertebrae
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
dislodge, dislocate, upset, unsettle, move, shift, relocate, reposition;
put out of place, move out of place, knock out of place, knock out of position, disarrange, derange, discompose, mess up, disorder, throw into disorder, throw into disarray;
scatter, disperse
1.2Force (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: 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.
Synonyms
depose, dislodge, unseat, dethrone, remove from office, remove, dismiss, eject, oust, expel, force out, throw out, drive out, drum out;
informal sack, fire, boot out, defenestrate, give someone the boot, show someone the door
British informal turf out
Military cashier
dated out

Origin

mid 16th century: from Old French desplacer.

Derivatives

displacer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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