displace meaning

[ dis'pleis ] Pronunciation:   "displace" in a sentence
Verb: displace  dis'pleys
  1. Cause to move, usually with force or pressure
    "the refugees were displaced by the war" 
  2. Take the place of or have precedence over
    - preempt 
  3. Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    - fire, give notice, can [N. Amer], dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate 
  4. Cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    - move

Derived forms: displaced, displaces, displacing

Type of: remove, replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

Encyclopedia: Displace

vt -placed; -plac·ing
a : to remove from the usual or proper place ‹in heterotopia the gray portions of the cord are displaced so that patches of gray matter are scattered among the bundles of white fibers —R. L. Cecil et al
b : to shift (an emotion or behavior) from a maladaptive or unacceptable object or form of outlet to a more adaptive or acceptable one ‹displace punishable behavior by directing it towards things that cannot punish —B. F. Skinner›
2 : to set free from chemical combination by taking the place of ‹zinc displaces the hydrogen of dilute acids›
3 : to subject to percolation


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  1. the particle is displaced in a flow domain.
  2. zinc displaces the hydrogen of dilute acids.
  3. people were displaced from their homes.
  4. yet traditions are difficult to displace.
  5. the soft palate is very red and displaced forward.

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