from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To move or shift from the usual place or position, especially to force to leave a homeland: millions of refugees who were displaced by the war.
- transitive v. To take the place of; supplant.
- transitive v. To discharge from an office or position.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move something, or someone, especially to forcibly move people from their homeland.
- v. To supplant, or take the place of something or someone; to substitute.
- v. To have a weight equal to that of the water displaced.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation.
- transitive v. To crowd out; to take the place of.
- transitive v. To remove from a state, office, dignity, or employment; to discharge; to depose.
- transitive v. To dislodge; to drive away; to banish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove to a different place; put out of the usual or proper place: as, to displace books or papers.
- To remove from any position, office, or dignity; depose: as, to displace an officer of government.
- To disorder; disturb; spoil.
- To take the place of; replace
- Synonyms To dislodge, oust, dismiss, discharge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
- v. cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
- v. cause to move, usually with force or pressure
- v. take the place of or have precedence over
This new diplomacy will not in the short term displace traditional state-to-state diplomacy as practiced by foreign ministries, but it will impact the way those ministries do business.
In a commentary for the Times newspaper today, Sorrell said that the emergence of the Internet would not "displace" other platforms, but would eventually be folded in.
The gist was that the Internet would not "displace" other platforms, but eventually be folded in.
It cannot mean "displace" or "conquer," for that would conflict with the pure blessedness pronounced upon Shem.
Article: Israeli settlements 'displace' Palestinians
Photo: Israeli settlements 'displace' Palestinians: HRW
The station would "displace" more expensive gas and coal-fired plants.
Nehawu is infuriated by Shiceka's decision to "displace" senior management staff and ask them to reapply for jobs.
World Cup bid furore: Soccer's plan to 'displace' NRL
There's even the highly unimaginative and incorrect claim that running a power line down to Soldier's Pond will "displace" the diesel generators at Holyrood.