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Definition of "displace" []

  • To move or shift from the usual place or position, especially to force to leave a homeland: millions of refugees who were displaced by the war. (verb-transitive)
  • To take the place of; supplant. (verb-transitive)
  • To discharge from an office or position. (verb-transitive)
  • To move from the usual or correct location (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To remove from office or employment (verb)
  • To occupy the place of; replace; supplant (verb)
  • To force (someone) to leave home or country, as during a war (verb)
  • To replace (an atom or group in a chemical compound) by another atom or group (verb)
  • To cause a displacement of (a quantity of liquid, usually water of a specified type and density) (verb)

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Use "displace" in a sentence
  • "This new diplomacy will not in the short term displace traditional state-to-state diplomacy as practiced by foreign ministries, but it will impact the way those ministries do business."
  • "In a commentary for the Times newspaper today, Sorrell said that the emergence of the Internet would not "displace" other platforms, but would eventually be folded in."
  • "The gist was that the Internet would not "displace" other platforms, but eventually be folded in."