Supplant Definition

supplanted, supplanting, supplants
supplanted, supplanting, supplants
To take the place of; supersede, esp. through force or plotting.
Webster's New World
To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics.
In the Bible, Jacob supplants his older brother Esau.
American Heritage
To remove or uproot in order to replace with something else.
Webster's New World

Origin of Supplant

  • Middle 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 plat- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantō (“trip up"), from sub (“under") + planta (“sole").

    From Wiktionary


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