Definition of displace in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Take over the place, position, or role of (someone or something)

    ‘in the northern states of India, Hindi has largely displaced English’
    • ‘As a founding myth, the Russian Revolution was largely displaced by the Second World War, and the Brezhnev regime seemed more committed to gradualism than any Fabian.’
    • ‘Capital, displaced from its traditional role as orchestrator of productive co-operation, thus tends to take the form of an apparatus of capture.’
    • ‘Although the changes employed by Friedman and Koepp to modernize the story are adequate in displacing many of the book's events to a contemporary time frame, they result in a tale that is rife with logical errors.’
    • ‘Morash is a maestro of the Irish theatre, and his book will readily displace some of the dogged chronicles that have appeared in past years.’
    • ‘So what section of the Commonwealth Electoral Act do you say wrongly and beyond power displaces this State position as to times and places?’
    • ‘At the same time, the US was displaced from the top-most position down to the fourth place, just after Hong Kong.’
    • ‘The content of politics has been further displaced by symbolism, conducted mainly through the largely corporate controlled, international, visual media.’
    • ‘The electric chair's role on the stage of history was brief, displaced by lethal injection.’
    • ‘Blair was no longer the author of her own life, and her role as the victim had been displaced.’
    • ‘The economic rise of China inevitably means it will play a larger political and diplomatic role, and it would dearly love to displace America as the dominant Western Pacific power.’
    • ‘Inevitably another country, another national super-brand will displace Britain in the imaginations of the migrants and the flow will be diverted.’
    • ‘The most important reason why the harsher negative eugenics program displaced the mild positive one in the 1930s was the coming of the Great Depression.’
    • ‘In turn, these have been partially displaced by new, electronics-based industries.’
    • ‘The Church of England allows its celestial liturgy to be displaced by electric guitars.’
    • ‘While this may sound self - evident or commonsensical to readers of this journal, it is the case that the idea of human beings as a positive influence on the world has increasingly been displaced in modern times.’
    • ‘Many former samurai, displaced by history from their traditional military role, had moved into administrative positions.’
    • ‘Their image of Nature as a book to be decoded and read would ultimately be displaced by the image of the world as a machine, in which every event had a cause and an effect rather than a meaning.’
    • ‘Relatively few transitional forms would have existed just briefly before being displaced by more advanced forms.’
    • ‘For me, the club most likely to displace the Toffees in the top four are Bolton Wanderers.’
    • ‘It was vital to protect the democratic process and a very strong message should be sent to the government rejecting any move to displace the elected representatives.’
    replace, take the place of, take over from, supplant, oust, supersede, succeed, override
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    1. 1.1Cause (something) to move from its proper or usual place.
      ‘he seems to have displaced some vertebrae’
      • ‘Subjects were asked to adhere to the following instructions pertaining to legal moves when displacing balls.’
      • ‘As the coil moves, it displaces a needle or other indicator that points along a pre-calibrated scale to give the pressure measurement.’
      • ‘During activation the paddle is thought to move into a more upright position, displacing charge through the membrane.’
      • ‘At this stage, the fusion peptides are displaced from their original position, with one fusion peptide moving toward the viral membrane.’
      • ‘Move the patella around to see if displacing it one way or the other causes discomfort.’
      • ‘A tsunami is essentially the same thing, with an earthquake or other event moving the ocean floor up or down and displacing titanic quantities of water.’
      • ‘All along the rupture, the seafloor moved vertically about ten metres, which displaced hundreds of kilometres of overlaying water resulting in a massive tsunami.’
      • ‘An almighty boulder has been heaved into the pond, scattering and displacing all manner of beauty with an uncouth splash.’
      • ‘The fear of dislodging or displacing the tube is also a deterrent.’
      • ‘Nurses may also fear dislodging or displacing the tube or inducing bacteremia.’
      • ‘The cam follower is connected to the adjustment body and displaces the adjustment body dependent upon a cam position, which correspondingly displaces the gripper along the surface.’
      • ‘Missense mutations in human PAX6 tend to cause either milder forms of aniridia or other eye disorders, such as displaced pupils or Peters anomaly.’
      • ‘If the optimum is displaced from this symmetric position to a moderate extent, then D is larger and not all stable equilibria are fully polymorphic.’
      • ‘Supposedly, in this position, blood is displaced from the veins in the lower extremities into the central body compartment.’
      • ‘Stress incontinence occurs when the urethra is displaced from its normal position.’
      • ‘Embolism at conifer pits occurs when the torus is displaced from its sealing position at the pit porus.’
      • ‘These findings suggest that placing a patient in the modified Trendelenburg position can effectively displace blood from the lower extremities into the central circulation to improve hemodynamics.’
      • ‘Two-component dispense valves have balanced inlet and outlet spool assemblies that do not displace material during the shift from the reload to the dispense position.’
      • ‘The movement doesn't have to be much to tear root and shoot tissue as well as displace roots and dislodge the verdure.’
      • ‘Your chest tightens up, and you instinctively gasp for air in which the oxygen largely has been displaced by water vapor.’
      dislodge, dislocate, upset, unsettle, move, shift, relocate, reposition
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    2. 1.2usually be displacedForce (someone) to leave their home, typically because of war, persecution, or natural disaster.
      ‘thousands of people have been displaced by the civil war’
      • ‘Presently, more than 10 million people are displaced by natural and man-made disasters in the world.’
      • ‘Thousands of internally displaced families are forced to give up their temporary housing as the original owners return.’
      • ‘More than 1 million people were displaced in the historic disaster, and in Texas alone, 15,000 people face immediate eviction from their apartments.’
      • ‘More than two months after the disaster, many displaced families either depend on their relatives or live in makeshift tents that offer little protection.’
      • ‘Around 400,000 people were also displaced with most forced into stark poverty.’
      • ‘Also, we must understand that some displaced children should never be forced to return to their natural homes, no matter how conventional and appealing that seems.’
      • ‘These new nomads were the survivors, the refugees displaced by the natural disaster, sometimes referred to in mythology as the ‘sea peoples’.’
      • ‘We have also sent winter tents and plastic sheeting to protect homeless and displaced children from the freezing cold, but we still fear for the health of tens of thousands of children in the aftermath of this tragedy.’
      • ‘One woman who was forced from her home four years ago and is still too scared to return says she hopes the UN force will do more for the estimated 500 000 people displaced by the fighting.’
      • ‘Well, you know, you could not have turned on your television and not notice the fact that the vast majority of people who were displaced by this disaster were not white.’
      • ‘However, they often exclude people who were displaced by the disaster and are now living with relatives.’
      • ‘It has assigned staff members only to places where there are internationally displaced migrants - such as in the border areas of East Timor and East Nusa Tenggara.’
      • ‘Those who were displaced live in transitional shelters, their own partially damaged houses or with relatives.’
      • ‘Many of the homeless have been economically displaced, through no fault of their own.’
      • ‘The indigenous hunter-gatherer occupants of Zambia began to be displaced or absorbed by more advanced migrating tribes about 2,000 years ago.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he was unhappy with his position and with being displaced from where he grew up in the South and so he was a total crank at home.’
      • ‘Last weekend, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck Pakistan, killing 25,000 and injuring and displacing a million more, according to the UN.’
      • ‘Then they were displaced by a job move forced on them.’
      • ‘They were displaced by livestock-breeding black tribes that moved southwards for better grazing in pre-colonial times.’
      • ‘This site, near the city of Chunchula in northwestern Mobile County, will provide a relocation site for tortoises displaced by local highway projects.’
    3. 1.3Remove (someone) from a job or position of authority against their will.
      ‘his aides were discredited and displaced’
      • ‘Too many local authorities are needlessly displacing people through unnecessary commercial prestige redevelopments, says a State Council circular which has been distributed nationally.’
      • ‘He had been here since long before I was born, and it would be too difficult to displace him and put someone else into his position.’
      • ‘Amidst threats, he protects the son of the Trojan Hector, and in doing so, he causes himself to be displaced from a position of central authority.’
      • ‘At a stroke, numerous critical teacher educators were removed or displaced.’
      • ‘Then, of course, the issue arises as to whether compliance with a tribunal order renders the dismissal of the displaced employee fair on the basis that it was reasonable so to do.’
      • ‘And weren't technology jobs supposed to offer a secure refuge to other displaced workers?’
      • ‘And, at least theoretically, displaced US workers will find new jobs in more dynamic industries.’
      • ‘In Australia, the right-wing faction of Kavanagh and Ryan was displaced as a result of the visit of an agent from the USA, H.M. Wicks.’
      • ‘And technology is ‘entering’ the labour force by displacing workers.’
      • ‘Let them know that you want to be an involved friend, but that you do not want to displace the natural parent.’
      • ‘The magazine affirmed the right to equal pay for equal work, especially since women working for lower wages might actually either displace men altogether or force them to work for lower wages.’
      • ‘Even Yeltsin's drive to create a Russian presidency in 1991 envisioned using the new office not to displace the Soviet president but to force Gorbachev to follow his lead.’
      • ‘It was unsettling that a newbie to the school could displace him so easily.’
      • ‘For Saturday's trip to second-from-bottom Preston Grasshoppers, Kendal coach Neil Rollings switches Paul Dodds to full back, displacing Chris Park to the bench.’
      • ‘For the past 12 months, since displacing David Duval, Mickelson has been the official No 2 to Woods in the world rankings.’
      • ‘There are still a lot of holes to be negotiated at Porthcawl, but McKay knows that few of the players under par at halfway had a chance of displacing her from the magical top seven.’
      • ‘Pawson is this year's league winner, displacing Dan Jackson, winner for the previous three years.’
      • ‘Citywide, over 13,000 restaurant workers were displaced in the months after the attack.’
      • ‘He says it will simply displace American workers.’
      • ‘The unions have also abandoned hundreds of workers who are still displaced or blacklisted.’
      depose, dislodge, unseat, dethrone, remove from office, remove, dismiss, eject, oust, expel, force out, throw out, drive out, drum out
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/disˈplās/ /dɪsˈpleɪs/


Mid 16th century from Old French desplacer.