Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To move, shift, or force from the usual place or position.
  • transitive verb To force to leave a place of residence.
  • transitive verb To move or shift from the usual place or position, especially to force to leave a homeland or other place of residence.
  • transitive verb Chemistry To replace (an atom, radical, ion, or molecule) in a compound during a reaction.
  • transitive verb Physics To push aside and occupy the physical space of (a volume of fluid).
  • transitive verb To take the place of; supplant.
  • transitive verb To discharge from a job, office, or position.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation.
  • transitive verb To crowd out; to take the place of.
  • transitive verb To remove from a state, office, dignity, or employment; to discharge; to depose.
  • transitive verb obsolete To dislodge; to drive away; to banish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To move something, or someone, especially to forcibly move people from their homeland.
  • verb To supplant, or take the place of something or someone; to substitute.
  • verb of a floating ship To have a weight equal to that of the water displaced.

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

  • verb terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  • verb cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  • verb cause to move, usually with force or pressure
  • verb take the place of or have precedence over

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

dis- +‎ place

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The gist was that the Internet would not "displace" other platforms, but eventually be folded in.

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