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English verb: replace

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


SamplesHe replaced the old razor blade.
We need to replace the secretary that left a month ago.
The insurance will replace the lost income.
This antique vase can never be replaced.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)regenerate, renew


Narrower (hyponym)change, change, commute, convert, exchange, novate


Verb groupreplace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

2. replace (social) take the place or move into the position of


SamplesSmith 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.


Synonymssupercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant


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


Broader (hypernym)come after, follow, succeed


Narrower (hyponym)deputise, deputize, displace, oust, preempt, step in, substitute, usurp


Verb groupput back, replace, replace

3. replace (contact) put something back where it belongs


SamplesReplace 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.


Synonymsput back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set


Narrower (hyponym)hang up


Verb groupreplace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

4. replace (possession) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items


SamplesThe con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt.
Substitute regular milk with fat-free milk.
Synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning.


Synonymsexchange, interchange, substitute


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)reduce, retool, shift, subrogate, truncate









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