Synonyms: replace, supplant, supersede These verbs mean to turn someone or something out and place another in his, her, or its stead. To replace is to be or to furnish an equivalent or substitute, especially for one that has been lost, depleted, worn out, or discharged: A conspiracy was carefully engineered to replace the Directory by three Consuls (H.G. Wells). Supplant often suggests the use of intrigue or underhanded tactics to take anothers place: The rivaling poor Jones, and supplanting him in her affections, added another spur to his pursuit (Henry Fielding). 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thing by another held to be more valuable or useful, or less antiquated: In our island the Latin appears never to have superseded the old Gaelic speech (Thomas Macaulay).
replace /rples/ v. [T] -placed, -placing, -places1 to get s.t. new to take the place of s.t. old: The computer department replaced black-and-white printers with color printers.2 to take the place of s.o. or s.t.: Her boss retired and she replaced him.3 to put s.t. back into its proper position: He played his violin and then replaced it in its case.-adj.replaceable.
Thesaurus: 1 to substitute s.t with s.t. 2 to succeed s.o. | supplant 3 to return s.t. to, restore s.t. to.