Definition of


  1. (verb, motion) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    I'm moving my money to another bank
    The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant
  2. (verb, motion) cause to move, usually with force or pressure
  3. (verb, social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    The company terminated 25% of its workers
  4. (verb, social) take the place of or have precedence over
    discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Displace

Hyponyms: advance, agitate, beat, blow, bowl over, brandish, bring down, bring forward, bring outside, bring up, bump, bump around, carry, center, centre, change hands, change owners, channel, channelise, channelize, chase away, circulate, clean out, commove, crowd, crowd out, dandle, depress, deracinate, direct, disarrange, disgorge, dislocate, dislodge, dismiss, dispel, displace, distribute, disturb, disunite, divide, drag, draw, drive, drive away, drive off, drive out, drop, elevate, engage, evacuate, expel, exteriorize, extirpate, flap, flick, flourish, fluctuate, force, force out, funnel, furlough, get down, get up, glide, herd, hit, hustle, impel, jar, kick out, knock over, lateralize, launch, lay, lay off, let down, lift, lock, lower, luxate, mesh, mobilise, mobilize, operate, overturn, part, pass around, pass on, pension off, place, play, pose, position, post, pour, press down, propel, pull, pulse, pump, push, put, race, raise, raise up, rake, relocate, reposition, retire, revolve, riffle, rock, roll, root out, rouse, rout out, ruffle, run, run off, rush, saltate, scan, send, send away, send packing, separate, set, set in motion, shake up, shed, shift, ship, singsong, sink, slide, sling, slip, slop, spill, splatter, splay, squeeze, squeeze out, station, stir, stir up, strike, sway, swing, take back, take down, throw out, tip over, transfer, translate, transmit, transplant, transport, tug, tump over, turn, turn back, turn over, twine, unroll, unseat, unwind, uproot, upset, upstage, vex, wash, wave, wedge, whistle, whoosh, wind, wind off, woosh, work, wrap

Hypernyms: displace, move, remove, replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

Origin of the word Displace

  1. 1550s, from O.Fr. desplacer, from des- "dis-" + placer "to place." Related: Displaced. Displaced person ?refugee? is from 1944. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Displace

daugavpils, disoblige, display case, displease, dysplasia

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