- 1 displace 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 displace somebody to force people to move away from their home to another place Around 10,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.
- 3displace something to move something from its usual position Check for roof tiles that have been displaced by the wind.
- 4 displace somebody to remove someone from a job or position displaced workers
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NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪs//[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they displace
he / she / it displaces
past simple displaced
-ing form displacing