transitive verb Etymology: probably from Middle French desplacer, from des- dis- + place place Date: 1549 1. a. to remove from the usual or proper place; specifically to expel or force to flee from home or homeland <
displaced persons
b. to remove from an office, status, or job c. obsolete to drive out ; banish 2. a. to move physically out of position <
a floating object displaces water
b. to take the place of (as in a chemical reaction) ; supplant Synonyms: see replacedisplaceable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Displace — Dis*place , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Displaced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Displacing}.] [Pref. dis + place: cf. F. d[ e]placer.] 1. To change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • displace — DISPLÁCE vb. III v. displăcea. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  DISPLÁCE vb. III. v. displăcea. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • displace — [v1] move, remove from normal place change, crowd out, derange, disarrange, disestablish, dislocate, dislodge, displant, dispossess, disturb, eject, evict, expel, expulse, force out, lose, mislay, misplace, relegate, shift, transpose, unsettle,… …   New thesaurus

  • displace — I (remove) verb banish, carry away, cart away, cast out, change the place of, clear away, convey, delocalize, deport, detach, discard, discharge, dislocate, dislodge, dismiss, dispatch, disperse, dispossess, disturb, eject, evict, exclude, exile …   Law dictionary

  • displace — 1550s, from M.Fr. desplacer (15c.), from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + placer to place. Related: Displaced; displacing. Displaced person “refugee” is from 1944 …   Etymology dictionary

  • displace — supplant, *replace, supersede Analogous words: transpose, *reverse. invert: shift, remove, transfer, *move: derange, disarrange, *disorder: *eject, oust, expel, dismiss …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • displace — ► VERB 1) shift from the proper or usual position. 2) take over the place, position, or role of. 3) (especially of war or natural disaster) force (someone) to leave their home …   English terms dictionary

  • displace — [dis plās′, dis′plās] vt. displaced, displacing [OFr desplacer: see DIS & PLACE] 1. to move from its usual or proper place 2. to remove from office; discharge 3. to take the place of; supplant or replace (a person or thing that one is the cause… …   English World dictionary

  • displace — displaceable, adj. /dis plays /, v.t., displaced, displacing. 1. to compel (a person or persons) to leave home, country, etc. 2. to move or put out of the usual or proper place. 3. to take the place of; replace; supplant: Fiction displaces fact.… …   Universalium

  • displace — UK [dɪsˈpleɪs] / US verb [transitive] Word forms displace : present tense I/you/we/they displace he/she/it displaces present participle displacing past tense displaced past participle displaced 1) to force someone to leave their own country and… …   English dictionary

  • displace — dis·place ( )dis plās vt, placed; plac·ing 1 a) to remove from the usual or proper place <in heterotopia the gray portions of the cord are displaced so that patches of gray matter are scattered among the bundles of white fibers (R. L. Cecil… …   Medical dictionary

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