- 1displace somebody/something to take the place of somebody/something synonym replace Gradually factory workers have been displaced by machines. (specialist) The ship displaces 58 000 tonnes (= as a way of measuring its size).
- 2displace somebody to force people to move away from their home to another place Around 10 000 people have been displaced by the fighting. If the dam is built it will displace 100 000 people. See related entries: Immigration
- 3displace something to move something from its usual position Check for roof tiles that have been displaced by the wind.
- 4displace somebody (especially North American English) to remove somebody from a job or position displaced workers Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Old French desplacer.
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BrE BrE//dɪsˈpleɪs//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪs//[often passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they displace
BrE BrE//dɪsˈpleɪs//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪs//he / she / it displaces
BrE BrE//dɪsˈpleɪsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪsɪz//past simple displaced
BrE BrE//dɪsˈpleɪst//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪst//past participle displaced
BrE BrE//dɪsˈpleɪst//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪst//-ing form displacing
BrE BrE//dɪsˈpleɪsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈpleɪsɪŋ//Immigration