- 1 replace something/somebody to be used instead of something/somebody else; to do something instead of somebody/something else synonym take over (from something) The new design will eventually replace all existing models. Teachers will never be replaced by computers in the classroom. These measures in no way replace the need for regular safety checks.
- 2 to remove somebody/something and put another person or thing in their place replace somebody/something He will be difficult to replace when he leaves. replace somebody/something with/by somebody/something It is not a good idea to miss meals and replace them with snacks.
- 3 replace something to change something that is old, damaged, etc. for a similar thing that is newer or better All the old carpets need replacing. an operation to replace both hips You'll be expected to replace any broken glasses.
- 4 replace something (+ adv./prep.) to put something back in the place where it was before I replaced the cup carefully in the saucer. to replace the handset (= after using the telephone). Extra examples He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf. It was built to replace the old Victorian jail. Machines can’t replace people in this work. Many of the workers have been replaced by machines. Putting in a new bathroom suite can cost as little as £800 if you are simply replacing an old one. Putting in a new kitchen can cost very little if you are simply replacing an old one. She has been nominated to replace Justice O’Connor on the Supreme Court. She replaced Jane Stott as Managing Director. She replaced the dress in the wardrobe. These guidelines effectively replaced the official procedure. These losses are not easily replaced. We replaced the old television set with a newer one. Williams has temporarily replaced Reed on the first team. She had an operation to replace both hips. She replaced her husband as the local doctor. You’ll be expected to replace any broken glasses.
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BrE BrE//rɪˈpleɪs//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpleɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they replace
BrE BrE//rɪˈpleɪs//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpleɪs//he / she / it replaces
BrE BrE//rɪˈpleɪsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpleɪsɪz//past simple replaced
BrE BrE//rɪˈpleɪst//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpleɪst//past participle replaced
BrE BrE//rɪˈpleɪst//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpleɪst//-ing form replacing
BrE BrE//rɪˈpleɪsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpleɪsɪŋ//