- An example of to supplant is for someone to fill in for an absent worker.
- An example of to supplant is for a person to trick someone else out of a job position and take it for himself.
To supplant is defined as to take the place of, often in a sneaky way.
- to take the place of; supersede, esp. through force or plotting
- to remove or uproot in order to replace with something else
Origin of supplantMiddle English supplanten ; from Old French supplanter ; from Classical Latin supplantare, to put under the sole of the foot, trip up ; from sub-, under (see sub-) + planta, sole of the foot: see plant
transitive verbsup·plant·ed, sup·plant·ing, sup·plants
- To take the place of or substitute for (another): Computers have largely supplanted typewriters. See Synonyms at replace.
- To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics: In the Bible, Jacob supplants his older brother Esau.
Origin of supplantMiddle English supplanten, to trip up, cause to stumble, from Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantare, to trip up : sub-, sub- + planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present supplants, present participle supplanting, simple past and past participle supplanted)