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

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

Related terms: regenerate renew change novate change supplant replacement surrogate
2. [ verb ] take the place or move into the position of
Synonyms: supersede supplant supervene_upon

"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"

Related terms: succeed assume oust substitute substitute replacement surrogate supplanting supersedure usurper
3. [ verb ] put something back where it belongs
Synonyms: put_back

"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"

Related terms: situate put hang_up supplant
4. [ verb ] put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
Synonyms: substitute

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

Related terms: exchange reduce shift retool truncate subrogate replacement commutation
Similar spelling:   replicate