V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to take the place of something or someone

Synonyms: displace, replace, remove, supersede, usurp, substitute, unseat

Antonyms: add, include

Tips: Supplant is derived from Old French supplanter, which means "to overthrow." Picture overthrowing or removing something, especially in an underhanded way. Supplant is a more sophisticated way of saying "replace," but denotes replacing a person or thing with someone or something better or forcing the replacement subversively.

Usage Examples:

She will supplant him as the new Vice President. (replace, unseat)

He is worried that the coach will supplant him if he gets another injury. (replace, displace, remove)

Touch-tone phones supplanted rotary ones a long time ago. (replaced)

I feared that our family dog would feel supplanted when we got a new puppy, but luckily, they took to each other right away. (replaced, substituted)

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