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English verb: displace

1. displace (motion) cause to move, usually with force or pressure

SamplesThe refugees were displaced by the war.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)bump, crowd out, deracinate, dislocate, dislodge, evacuate, force out, transfer, transplant, uproot

2. displace (social) take the place of or have precedence over

SamplesLive broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour.
Discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

3. displace (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

SamplesThe boss fired his secretary today.
The company terminated 25% of its workers.

Synonymscan, dismiss, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)remove

Narrower (hyponym)clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out

Antonymshire, employ, engage

4. displace (motion) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

SamplesMove those boxes into the corner, please.
I'm moving my money to another bank.
The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)advance, agitate, beat, blow, bowl over, brandish, bring down, bring forward, bring outside, bring up, bump around, carry, center, centre, change hands, change owners, channel, channelise, channelize, chase away, circulate, circulate, circulate, commove, crowd, dandle, depress, deracinate, direct, disarrange, disgorge, dislocate, dislodge, dispel, displace, distribute, disturb, disunite, divide, drag, draw, draw, drive, drive away, drive off, drive out, drive out, drop, elevate, engage, expel, exteriorize, extirpate, flap, flick, flourish, fluctuate, force, force, force, force out, funnel, get down, get up, glide, herd, hit, hustle, impel, jar, kick out, knock over, lateralize, launch, lay, let down, lift, lift, lift, lock, lower, luxate, mesh, mobilise, mobilize, operate, overturn, part, pass around, pass on, place, place, play, pose, position, post, pour, press down, propel, pull, pull, pulse, pump, push, put, race, raise, raise, raise up, rake, relocate, reposition, revolve, riffle, rock, roll, roll, root out, rouse, rout out, ruffle, run, run off, rush, saltate, scan, send, send, send, separate, set, set in motion, shake up, shake up, shed, shift, shift, ship, singsong, sink, slide, sling, slip, slip, slop, spill, spill, splatter, splay, squeeze, station, stir, stir up, strike, sway, swing, take back, take down, throw out, tip over, transfer, transfer, transfer, translate, translate, transmit, transport, transport, transport, transport, tug, tump over, turn, turn, turn, turn back, turn over, turn over, twine, unroll, unseat, unwind, uproot, upset, upstage, vex, wash, wave, wedge, whistle, whoosh, wind, wind off, woosh, work, work, wrap


Verb groupgo, locomote, move, travel

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