- 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 supplantāre 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)