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tr.v. re·placed, re·plac·ing, re·plac·es
a. To put back into a former position or place: replaced the sofa after vacuuming.
b. To restore or return: replaced the money he had stolen.
2. To take the place of: Jets have largely replaced propeller planes. Nurse practitioners are replacing doctors in some clinics.
3. To fill the place of; provide a substitute for: replaced the team's coach; replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. See Usage Note at substitute.

re·place′a·ble adj.
re·plac′er n.
Synonyms: replace, supersede, supplant
These verbs mean to put someone or something in the place of another. To replace is to be or to furnish an equivalent or substitute, especially for one that has been lost, depleted, worn out, or discharged: "We can learn to replace turbulent passions with peaceful emotions" (Margaret Visser).
To supersede is to replace one person or thing by another held to be more valuable or useful, or less antiquated: "In our island the Latin appears never to have superseded the old Gaelic speech" (Thomas Macaulay).
Supplant often suggests the use of intrigue or underhanded tactics to take another's place: "The rivaling poor Jones, and supplanting him in her affections, added another spur to his pursuit" (Henry Fielding).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.replacing - the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of anotherreplacing - the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another; "replacing the star will not be easy"
substitution, commutation, exchange - the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: "he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help"
novation - (law) the replacement of one obligation by another by mutual agreement of both parties; usually the replacement of one of the original parties to a contract with the consent of the remaining party
pitching change - replacing a pitcher in baseball
supersedure, supersession - act of replacing one person or thing by another especially one held to be superior
displacement, supplanting - act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics
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References in classic literature ?
One inconvenience resulted from the replacing of the disc, the lower window was blocked up; thus it was impossible for the travelers to observe the moon from that opening while they were being precipitated perpendicularly upon her; but they were obliged to give it up; even by the side openings they could still see vast lunar regions, as an aeronaut sees the earth from his car.
This replacing of the disc was at least an hour's work.
Such a valuable quality made Mazarin think of replacing Joubert, his intendant, who had recently died, by M.
When you have passed beyond this chamber in your flight, what can prevent Solan replacing the switch as it was before your vile hand touched it?
However, Dorothea was crying, and if she had been required to state the cause, she could only have done so in some such general words as I have already used: to have been driven to be more particular would have been like trying to give a history of the lights and shadows, for that new real future which was replacing the imaginary drew its material from the endless minutiae by which her view of Mr.
Amid the smoke, deafened by the incessant reports which always made him jump, Tushin not taking his pipe from his mouth ran from gun to gun, now aiming, now counting the charges, now giving orders about replacing dead or wounded horses and harnessing fresh ones, and shouting in his feeble voice, so high pitched and irresolute.
There were a total of six applications selected in EPA Region 2 with winners in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico for rebate funds to assist in replacing old diesel school buses to achieve significant reductions in student's exposure to harmful emissions.
RAWALPINDI -- Police are considering replacing dupatta with a 'scarf' as part of the uniform for its women officials.
Kenya Army commander Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi was yesterday appointed the vice Chief of Defence Forces replacing Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon.
Risda chairman Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin will be defending his Padang Besar parliamentary seat while new candidate Ramli Shariff, 57, will contest the Kangar parliament seat, replacing Ir Shaharuddin Ismail, whose name was also dropped.
This construction was a part of the process of replacing 100-year-old railway bridges on the Saharanpur-Lucknow route where speed restriction was in force from last five years.
have a different number of letters: (a) by losing a single letter (b) by replacing a single letter, or a group of letters, with a different length group of letters.