To displace is defined as to force something to move, to move from a usual place, or to replace.verb
- 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.
- 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: OFr desplacer: see dis- & place
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transitive verb dis·placed, dis·plac·ing, dis·plac·es
- To move or shift from the usual place or position, especially to force to leave a homeland: millions of refugees who were displaced by the war.
- To take the place of; supplant.
- To discharge from an office or position.
- dis·placeˈa·ble adjective
- dis·placˈer noun