Definition of replace in English:

replace

verb

[with object]
  • 1Take the place of.

    ‘Ian's smile was replaced by a frown’
    • ‘They were superseded later in the Middle Ages, being replaced by a single movable lectern.’
    • ‘However, these will all be abolished and replaced by a single piece of legislation that covers all UK pensions.’
    • ‘In some cases these resources have replaced printed publications, helping us to reduce costs and provide updates as needed.’
    • ‘Ruiz was ousted from power and replaced by communist mayor Manual Diaz, who immediately held a vote - passed unanimously - to suspend all development.’
    • ‘Lost tags can be replaced with a tag with a new code provided traceability is not compromised’
    • ‘This is a gripping record but not a great one: A few of Wallumrød's originals could have been replaced with covers.’
    • ‘When the play became a film, the entire original cast returned except for Tandy, who was replaced with Gone with the Wind's Vivien Leigh.’
    • ‘A surge of love and understanding swept through him, but was quickly replaced by anger.’
    • ‘The most obvious difference is that glass windows have replaced sliding wood shutters, and houses now have electricity.’
    • ‘In an ideal world, you should have enough cover to replace a breadwinner's entire income if s/he dies.’
    • ‘Just a year later on, and following the departure of Dalley, replaced by Ros Murray, the band appear to return to some of their earlier instrumental sound with this third album.’
    • ‘This is required to replace older medicines that will eventually face competition from generic substitutes.’
    • ‘The pseudo-foil cover has been replaced with an actual foil cover.’
    • ‘Gone is the notion of providing all services anytime, anywhere, which has been replaced with a more specific list.’
    • ‘This system has quietly been replaced at every studio with a deal that returns about 55% to the studios no matter what week of the run it is.’
    • ‘Other critics argue that the proposal would increase costs for the state because the services provided by volunteer board members would have to be replaced by highly paid consultants.’
    • ‘There are no liner notes, and the record graphic on the disc has been replaced by a repeat of the cover graphic.’
    • ‘Many would prefer the word ‘knowledge’ here to be replaced by ‘understanding’.’
    • ‘The problem with this new structure is that it does not replace or provide the kind of skills in sufficient quantity now needed in the new business environment.’
    • ‘Men and women lounge in striped deck chairs only to be replaced by distraught, fighting figures illuminated in flashing lights.’
    1. 1.1 Provide a substitute for (something that is broken, old, or inoperative)
      ‘the glass had not long been replaced after a fight’
      • ‘The man-made leg replacing the leg Ahab lost after fighting Moby Dick.’
      • ‘Because of their long life, LEDs don't need to be replaced as often as other lightbulbs, if ever.’
      • ‘I checked it on my way to work the next day to find that, yes, they had changed the filter, but rather than put it a new one they substituted one that was much worse than the one being replaced!’
      • ‘The ad hoc-tech use of standard fittings and relatively simple technology makes the enterprise admirably economical, though replacing exhausted light bulbs might prove a bit tricky.’
      • ‘A fifth of them cannot be saved or restored, they need to be completely replaced, but among them are 66 registered architectural monuments.’
      • ‘The company used to spend four hours a week checking each one and replacing burned-out light bulbs.’
      • ‘The original neo-Gothic chapel fell victim to subsidence and was replaced in 1963 with a tepee-like structure covered in copper.’
      • ‘Server hardware is usually built to facilitate easy upgrading of hardware and replacing of broken parts.’
      • ‘One of the charter boats had to be replaced at the last minute because of a broken bilge pump.’
      • ‘Broken roof tiles should be replaced and broken windows should be repaired.’
      • ‘Although the broken window would still need to be replaced, the inner pane protects the building's interior from the fierce winds.’
      substitute, exchange, change
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    2. 1.2 Fill the role of (someone or something) with a substitute.
      ‘the government dismissed 3,000 of its customs inspectors, replacing them with new recruits’
      • ‘The saving of Margaret replaces or substitutes for the saving of the working class-Parliament's rejection of the Charter.’
      • ‘With land devalued, those needing wealth seek substitute assets to replace land in their portfolios.’
      • ‘The play is a kind of reversal of The Taming of the Shrew, where the man-hater Kate is replaced with a woman-hater Cavaliere.’
      • ‘Aside from their functional benefits, whey - based ingredients provide a cost-savings potential by replacing more costly ingredients or serving as bulking agents, notes Huang.’
      • ‘Much of the trade sought to replace imports with local substitutes of acceptable quality but lower cost.’
      • ‘A fall in the dollar from its pedestal with no substitute to replace it would be the very disturbing outlook suggested by an interpretation of the current trends.’
      • ‘In 1977, God Save the Queen was replaced as the national anthem by Advance Australia Fair.’
      • ‘Oskar learned then that no substitute could replace his drum.’
      • ‘Denzel Washington does his thing in the Sinatra role, replacing Frank's shaken-but-confident characterization with an unsure and frightened soul.’
      • ‘He is replaced by an ordinary, non-distinguishable and indifferent 13-year-old girl named Wei.’
      • ‘In China perhaps nationalism plays its most important role in replacing other elements in the official ideology that are having to be jettisoned to accommodate the effects of economic reform.’
      • ‘If the formal flamboyance of his '60s films has been replaced by complexity and their humour superseded by an intensified sensitivity to beauty, it is only to be expected and welcomed.’
      • ‘What they have not said is that the particular foam that was in use at the time was an environmental substitute replacing a material that had worked well.’
      • ‘Over a period of twenty years, paper or its substitutes replaced traditional coins.’
      • ‘On 1 January 2002, 300 million citizens said goodbye to their historic old currencies, replacing them with one, the euro.’
      • ‘Firms are closing attractive company pensions left, right and centre, then replacing them with inferior substitutes.’
      • ‘Quite apart from the endless round of operational tours, soldiers have currently to provide cover for striking firemen, who are said to be paid more than the soldiers replacing them.’
      • ‘This highly readable book will be the standard biography replacing Robert Rhodes James and indeed Eden's own unsatisfactory but lucrative memoirs.’
      • ‘This system designated the U.S. dollar as the international reserve asset, replacing gold in this role.’
      • ‘On the plus side, it has been replaced by a flashing seatbelt reminder, which covers front and rear passengers.’
      take the place of, succeed, be a replacement for, take over from, supersede, follow after, come after
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  • 2Put (something) back in a previous place or position.

    ‘he drained his glass and replaced it on the bar’
    put back, return, return to its place, restore
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Pronunciation

replace

/rɪˈpleɪs/