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[ri-pleys] /rɪˈpleɪs/

verb (used with object), replaced, replacing.
to assume the former role, position, or function of; substitute for (a person or thing):
Electricity has replaced gas in lighting.
to provide a substitute or equivalent in the of:
to replace a broken dish.
to restore; return; make good:
to replace a sum of money borrowed.
to restore to a former or the proper place:
to replace the vase on the table.
verb (transitive)
to take the place of; supersede: the manual worker is being replaced by the machine
to substitute a person or thing for (another which has ceased to fulfil its function); put in place of: to replace an old pair of shoes
to put back or return; restore to its rightful place

1590s, “to restore to a previous place or position,” from re- “back, again” + place (v.). Meaning “to take the place of” is recorded from 1753; that of “to fill the place of (with something else)” is from 1765. Related: Replaced; replacing.


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