Replace Re*place" (r?-pl?s"), v. t. [Pref. re- + place: cf. F. replacer.] 1. To place again; to restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like. [1913 Webster]

The earl . . . was replaced in his government. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To refund; to repay; to restore; as, to replace a sum of money borrowed. [1913 Webster]

3. To supply or substitute an equivalent for; as, to replace a lost document. [1913 Webster]

With Israel, religion replaced morality. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

4. To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfull the end or office of. [1913 Webster]

This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

5. To put in a new or different place. [1913 Webster]

Note: The propriety of the use of replace instead of displace, supersede, take the place of, as in the third and fourth definitions, is often disputed on account of etymological discrepancy; but the use has been sanctioned by the practice of careful writers. [1913 Webster]

{Replaced crystal} (Crystallog.), a crystal having one or more planes in the place of its edges or angles. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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