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[ verb ] substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)

Examples

"He replaced the old razor blade" "the insurance will replace the lost income" "This antique vase can never be replaced"

Used in print

(The New York Times,...)

He is publicly on record as believing Mr._De_Sapio should be replaced for the good of the party .

The Mayor declined in two interviews with reporters yesterday to confirm or deny the reports that he had decided to run and wanted Mr._Screvane , who lives in Queens , to replace Abe_Stark , the incumbent , as the candidate for President of the City_Council and Mr._Beame , who lives in Brooklyn , to replace Mr._Gerosa as the candidate for Controller .

The Mayor declined in two interviews with reporters yesterday to confirm or deny the reports that he had decided to run and wanted Mr._Screvane , who lives in Queens , to replace Abe_Stark , the incumbent , as the candidate for President of the City_Council and Mr._Beame , who lives in Brooklyn , to replace Mr._Gerosa as the candidate for Controller .

(The Providence Journal,...)

The judge replaced the juror with an alternate .

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

A new queen , with the prosaic title of Q3 , had been planned for several years to replace the Queen_Mary .

2
[ verb ] take the place or move into the position of

Examples

"Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left" "the computer has supplanted the slide rule" "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"

Used in print

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

In an essentially static system , an oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface unless the interfacial_tensions of the water phase are reduced by a surface-active_agent .

(Edwin L. Bigelow and Nancy H. Otis,...)

The old Morse system was replaced locally by the Simplex modern automatic method in 1929 , when Ellamae_Heckman ( Wilcox ) was manager of the Western_Union office .

3
[ verb ] put something back where it belongs

Synonyms

put_back

Examples

"replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it" "please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them"

Used in print

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

In his office , Mr._Holden replaced the phone slowly .

Related terms

situate put hang_up supplant

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[ verb ] put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

Synonyms

substitute

Examples

"the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt" "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"

Used in print

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

The parallel_bars , horse , buck , springboard , horizontal_bar , rings , and mats formerly in the school gyms were replaced by baseball , volleyball , basketball and football .

(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)

The myocardium of the posterior base of the left_ventricle was replaced by gray scar tissue over a 7.5 cm. area .

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