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From Middle French desplacer (French: déplacer).



displace (third-person singular simple present displaces, present participle displacing, simple past and past participle displaced)

  1. To move something, or someone, especially to forcibly move people from their homeland.
  2. To supplant, or take the place of something or someone; to substitute.
  3. To replace, on account of being superior to or more suitable than that which is being replaced.
  4. (of a floating ship) To have a weight equal to that of the water displaced.
  5. (psychology) to repress
    • Megan Garber (2017), “The Case for Shyness”, in The Atlantic[1]: “Freud considered shyness to be evidence of displaced narcissism.”

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