Re·place v. t.
1. To place again; to restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like.
The earl . . . was replaced in his government. --Bacon.
2. To refund; to repay; to restore; as, to replace a sum of money borrowed.
3. To supply or substitute an equivalent for; as, to replace a lost document.
With Israel, religion replaced morality. --M. Arnold.
4. To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfull the end or office of.
This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration. --Whewell.
5. To put in a new or different place.
Note: ☞ The propriety of the use of replace instead of displace, supersede, take the place of, as in the third and fourth definitions, is often disputed on account of etymological discrepancy; but the use has been sanctioned by the practice of careful writers.
Replaced crystal Crystallog., a crystal having one or more planes in the place of its edges or angles.
v 1: substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or
inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding
what is expected); "He 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"
2: take the place or move into the position of; "Smith 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" [syn: supplant, supersede, supervene upon]
3: put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent
items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake
Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"
4: put something back where it belongs; "replace 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" [syn: put back]