from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics.
  • transitive v. To displace and substitute for (another): The word processor has largely supplanted electric typewriters. See Synonyms at replace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To take the place of; to replace, to supersede.
  • v. To uproot, to remove violently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To trip up.
  • transitive v. To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede.
  • transitive v. To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trip up, as the heels.
  • To overthrow; cause the downfall of; destroy; uproot.
  • To remove; displace; drive or force away.
  • To displace and take the place of, especially (of persons) by scheming or strategy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take the place or move into the position of


Middle English supplanten, from Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantāre, to trip up : sub-, sub- + planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantō ("trip up"), from sub ("under") + planta ("sole"). (Wiktionary)


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