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Definition of displace verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they displace
    he / she / it displaces
    past simple displaced
    -ing form displacing
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  1. 1displace somebody/something to take the place of someone or something synonym replace Gradually factory workers have been displaced by machines. (technology) The ship displaces 58,000 tons (= as a way of measuring its size).
  2. 2displace somebody to force people to move away from their home to another place Around 10,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.
  3. 3displace something to move something from its usual position Check for roof tiles that have been displaced by the wind.
  4. 4displace somebody to remove someone from a job or position displaced workers
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: displace