Definition of supplant in English:


Pronunciation /səˈplant/ /səˈplænt/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Supersede and replace.

    ‘another discovery could supplant the original finding’
    • ‘Most recent anime - and Hollywood movies, for that matter - continually generates two complaints: Style supplants substance and genre replaces originality.’
    • ‘And he knows that the economic power of capitalism supplants the dictatorial power he envisions for himself.’
    • ‘I have also seen patternmaking techniques designed to fit the human body supplanted by techniques that maximize fabric usage and ease of production, giving us garments that fit no one properly.’
    • ‘In some organizations surveillance cameras, electronic pads, and sensors capable of detecting the most minute deviation from stipulated working methods have largely supplanted human supervisors.’
    • ‘‘They’ were robots, automated manufacturing equipment that was going to supplant human employment.’
    • ‘Science, by which he meant rational inquiry, would eventually supplant religion, he maintained, and guide the direction of human progress.’
    • ‘Small-scale, short-run production processes depending on multi-skilled labour were now supposedly supplanting the era of mass production, driven by new structures of diversified consumer demand and volatile economic conditions.’
    • ‘One reality supplants another as a drab home is replaced with opulent apartments and decadent parties.’
    • ‘Larger versions, like the barrel organs and orchestrions, filled the same role as the gramophone, which superseded them, and has since been supplanted in its turn by the CD player.’
    • ‘Where movies rarely deal in any realistic way with the problems of work and family, these shows tell the modern story of the work-family supplanting the real-family.’
    • ‘A couple of years ago the gurus of cyberspace routinely hailed the coming of a new era; a new time and space where our messy material world is supplemented and, in the end, supplanted by a new kind of virtual space.’
    • ‘But this, in turn, is supplanted by the increasingly theoretical, increasingly subdivided abstraction for which she later became known in Paris.’
    • ‘She says the representation is a prime example of how by the time we get to the end of the 1700s, the erotic image of the female nude was supplanted by images of the heroic male form.’
    • ‘The city of real buildings is being supplanted by a city of stalls and kiosks, a city made entirely of accretions.’
    • ‘All in all, this is one case where the supplements supplant the film they are supposed to enhance.’
    • ‘This excellent and complete set easily supplants the opera version and stands with the original Broadway cast recording as a vivid reminder of one of the musical theatre's greatest composer-lyricist collaborations.’
    • ‘Class hierarchies based on wealth and power are briefly set aside, poverty is forgotten, men may dress as women, leisure supplants work, and the disparate components of Brazilian society blend in a dizzying blaze of color and music.’
    • ‘As we move on into the 16th century in Italy, so oil technique, mainly based on walnut oil, supplants egg tempera and the use of linseed oil becomes progressively more common.’
    • ‘I have no problem with comedians who use politics as the backbone of comedy; the problem comes when nastiness supplants humor.’
    replace, displace, supersede, take the place of, take over from, substitute for, undermine, override
    oust, usurp, overthrow, remove, topple, unseat, depose, dethrone, eject, dispel
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Middle English from Old French supplanter or Latin supplantare ‘trip up’, from sub- ‘from below’ + planta ‘sole’.