verb dis·place \(ˌ)dis-ˈplās, di-ˈsplās\

: to take the job or position of (someone or something)

: to force (people or animals) to leave the area where they live

: to remove (someone) from a job or position

Full Definition of DISPLACE

transitive verb
a :  to remove from the usual or proper place; specifically :  to expel or force to flee from home or homeland <displaced persons>
b :  to remove from an office, status, or job
c obsolete :  to drive out :  banish
a :  to move physically out of position <a floating object displaces water>
b :  to take the place of (as in a chemical reaction) :  supplant
dis·place·able \-ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective

Origin of DISPLACE

probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place
First Known Use: 1549

Synonym Discussion of DISPLACE

replace, displace, supplant, supersede mean to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another. replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate <replaced the broken window>. displace implies an ousting or dislodging <war had displaced thousands>. supplant implies either a dispossessing or usurping of another's place, possessions, or privileges or an uprooting of something and its replacement with something else <was abruptly supplanted in her affections by another>. supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior <the new edition supersedes all previous ones>.
DISPLACE Defined for Kids


verb dis·place \dis-ˈplās\

Definition of DISPLACE for Kids

:  to remove from the usual or proper place <The fire displaced many forest animals.>
:  to take the place of :  replace <Chess displaced checkers as his favorite game.>
:  to move out of position <A floating object displaces water.>
dis·place·ment \-mənt\ noun
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb dis·place \(ˈ)dis-ˈplās\

Medical Definition of DISPLACE

a :  to remove from the usual or proper place <in heterotopia the gray portions of the cord are displaced so that patches of gray matter are scattered among the bundles of white fibers—R. L. Cecil et al> b :  to shift (an emotion or behavior) from a maladaptive or unacceptable object or form of outlet to a more adaptive or acceptable one <displace punishable behavior by directing it towards things that cannot punish—B. F. Skinner>
:  to set free from chemical combination by taking the place of <zinc displaces the hydrogen of dilute acids>
:  to subject to percolation


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