• IPA: /ɹɪˈpleɪs/

replace (replaces, present participle replacing; past and past participle replaced)

  1. (transitive) To restore to a former place, position, condition, etc.; to put back
    When you've finished using the telephone, please replace the handset.
    • 1622, Francis Bacon, History of the Reign of King Henry VII
      The earl...was replaced in his government.
  2. (transitive) To refund; to repay; to pay back
    You can take what you need from the petty cash, but you must replace it tomorrow morning.
  3. (transitive) To supply or substitute an equivalent for
    I replaced my car with a newer model.
    The batteries were dead so I replaced them
  4. (transitive) to take over the position or role from.
    • Next Wednesday, four women and 15 men on the Crown Nominations Commission will gather for two days of prayer and horsetrading to replace Rowan Williams as archbishop of Canterbury.
  5. (transitive) To take the place of; to be used instead of
    This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
    • 1845, William Whewell, The Elements of Morality: Including Polity
      This duty of right intention does not replace or supersede the duty of consideration.
  6. (transitive) To demolish (a building) and build an updated form of that building in its place.
  7. (transitive, rare) To place again.
  8. (transitive, rare) To put in a new or different place.
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