Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for replace in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- (transitive) To restore to a former place, position, condition, etc.; to put back
- When you've finished using the telephone, please replace the handset.
- The earl...was replaced in his government. — Francis Bacon.
- (transitive) To refund; to repay; to restore
- You can take what you need from the petty cash, but you must replace it tomorrow morning.
- (transitive) To supply or substitute an equivalent for.
- I replaced my car with a newer model.
- The batteries were dead so I replaced them
2012 September 20, Andrew Brown, “Archbishop of Canterbury succession race begins in earnest”, in The Guardian (online):
- Next Wednesday, four women and 15 men on the Crown Nominations Commission will gather for two days of prayer and horsetrading to replace Rowan Williams as archbishop of Canterbury.
- (transitive) To take the place of; to supply the want of; to fulfill the end or office of.
- This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
- This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration. — William Whewell.
- (transitive) To demolish a building and build an updated form of that building in its place.
- (transitive, rare) To place again.
- (transitive, rare) To put in a new or different place.
The propriety of the use of "replace" instead of "displace", "supersede", or "take the place of", as in the fourth definition, has been disputed on account of etymological discrepancy, but is standard English and universally accepted.