Definition of take the place of in English:

take the place of


  • Replace.

    • ‘Today the whole process of collecting sap and producing syrup has been mechanized, plastic tubing taking the place of galvanized pails and the woodstoves replaced by electric boilers and automatic evaporators.’
    • ‘The shiny black pant is really taking the place of where jeans and white jeans and black jeans use to be.’
    • ‘This new system of communication took the place of the previous messaging system that involved the use of two pay-phones and a message board where messages were written down for residents by passers-by.’
    • ‘An obvious annoyance is the way English is seeping into Japanese, often taking the place of perfectly good native words as users try to be fashionable.’
    • ‘Collaboration and cooperation replaced gossip, and teamwork took the place of quarrels.’
    • ‘Her last studio album Medulla was recorded a cappella and had her multi-layering her voice to create an audacious wall-of-sound in which the human voice took the place of all the instruments.’
    • ‘A new hot-water perimeter heating system replaced the original steam radiators; a constant-volume-reheat system took the place of the window units.’
    • ‘Chess takes the place of all the other passions, and the people in his life, including his parents, become shadowy, meaningless figures.’
    • ‘Phillip, whom I am taking the place of, showed me round the building.’
    • ‘Replacements had been temporarily appointed to take the place of the absent officers and the service was functioning normally, he said.’
    replace, stand in for, be a substitute for, substitute for, act for, fill in for, cover for
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