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Definition of "supplant" [sup•plant]

  • To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics. (verb-transitive)
  • To displace and substitute for (another): The word processor has largely supplanted electric typewriters. See Synonyms at replace. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "supplant" in a sentence
  • "In the process, he helped Combs 'Bad Boy label supplant Death Row as the biggest hip-hop imprint in America, and also paved the way to popular success for other East Coast talents like Jay-Z and Nas."
  • "We have made the idea supplant both impulse and tradition."
  • "Their international vision does not extend beyond an insatiable thirst for economic power, the report finds; what's more, they seek to "supplant" Western values and impose their own on the world."