American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics.
- v. To displace and substitute for (another): The word processor has largely supplanted electric typewriters. See Synonyms at replace.
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.
- v. transitive To take the place of; to replace, to supersede.
- v. transitive, obsolete To uproot, to remove violently.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To trip up.
- v. To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede.
- v. To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of.
- v. take the place or move into the position of
- From Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantō ("trip up"), from sub ("under") + planta ("sole"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“In the process, he helped Combs 'Bad Boy label supplant Death Row as the biggest hip-hop imprint in America, and also paved the way to popular success for other East Coast talents like Jay-Z and Nas.”
“We have made the idea supplant both impulse and tradition.”
“Their international vision does not extend beyond an insatiable thirst for economic power, the report finds; what's more, they seek to "supplant" Western values and impose their own on the world.”
“McCain has said the League would not "supplant" the United Nations, though neoconservatives have suggested with approval that it could do just that.”
“And you have to kind of supplant that as the joints get a little creekier.”
“BRIAN REYNOLDS, LIFTS WEIGHTS: You know, I used to play basketball, be able to run full court and you have to kind of supplant that as the joints get a little creakier.”
“I was in China, Japan and South Korea in June of this past year, and I will say that I think most of the countries of Asia look to us to continue to be a major influence and an active player in Asia, because they don't want to see China "supplant," quote/unquote, the United States.”
“Hemp is an underutilised plant that could 'supplant' many imported industrial products, and would be domestically generated, creating employment for UK natives.”
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“As the younger generation replaces the older, the new alliances supplant the existing political coalitions.”
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