Definitions

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

Etymologies

dis- +‎ place (Wiktionary)

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