- To displace is defined as to force something to move, to move from a usual place, or to replace.
- An example of displace is to have a terrible storm cause flooding that makes people need to move to different homes.
- An example of displace is to take a trophy off of its place on the mantle.
- An example of displace is to hire a new sports director before letting the original director go.
transitive verbdisplaced, displacing
- to move from its usual or proper place
- to remove from office; discharge
- to take the place of; supplant or replace (a person or thing that one is the cause of or occasion for removing, pushing aside, etc.): a ship displaces a certain amount of water, factory workers that have been displaced by machines
Origin of displaceOld French desplacer: see dis- and amp; place
transitive verbdis·placed, dis·plac·ing, dis·plac·es
- a. To move, shift, or force from the usual place or position: Wasn't the net displaced before the puck went in?b. To force to leave a place of residence: The conflict displaced thousands of people.
- To move or shift from the usual place or position, especially to force to leave a homeland or other place of residence: millions of refugees who were displaced by the war.
- Chemistry To replace (an atom, radical, ion, or molecule) in a compound during a reaction.
- Physics To push aside and occupy the physical space of (a volume of fluid): a boat that displaces 1,000 cubic meters of water.
- To take the place of; supplant: when coal displaced wood as the dominant energy source.
- To discharge from a job, office, or position.
(third-person singular simple present displaces, present participle displacing, simple past and past participle displaced)
From Middle French desplacer (French: déplacer).