From Middle French desplacer (French: déplacer).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈpleɪs/, /dɪzˈpleɪs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪsˈpleɪs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs


displace (third-person singular simple present displaces, present participle displacing, simple past and past participle displaced)

  1. To put out of place; to disarrange.
  2. To move something, or someone, especially to forcibly move people from their homeland.
  3. To supplant, or take the place of something or someone; to substitute.
  4. To replace, on account of being superior to or more suitable than that which is being replaced.
    Electronic calculators soon displaced the older mechanical kind.
  5. (of a floating ship) To have a weight equal to that of the water displaced.
  6. (psychology) To repress.
    • 2017, Megan Garber, “The Case for Shyness”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      Freud considered shyness to be evidence of displaced narcissism.

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