• WordNet 3.6
    • v supplant take the place or move into the position of "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left","the computer has supplanted the slide rule","Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Supplant To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of. "You never will supplant the received ideas of God."
    • Supplant To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede; as, a rival supplants another in the favor of a mistress or a prince. "Suspecting that the courtier had supplanted the friend."
    • Supplant To trip up. "Supplanted , down he fell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • supplant To trip up, as the heels.
    • supplant To overthrow; cause the downfall of; destroy; uproot.
    • supplant To remove; displace; drive or force away.
    • supplant To displace and take the place of, especially (of persons) by scheming or strategy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Supplant sup-plant′ to displace by stratagem: to take the place of: to undermine
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  • Washington Irving
    “The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. supplanter, L. supplantare, to trip up one's heels, to throw down; sub, under + planta, the sole of the foot, also, a sucker, slip, sprout. Cf. Plant (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. supplantāre, to trip up one's heels—sub, under, planta, the sole of the foot.


In literature:

Capital was supplanting birth.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
To know exactly the defects of the religion we seek to abolish, modify, supplement, supplant or fulfil, means wise economy of force.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
In fact, Douglas was now trying to supplant him.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
It supplanted the New England Primer and became the first book in the hands of every pupil.
"A History of the McGuffey Readers" by Henry H. Vail
Fish supplanted marbles as objects of prime importance in the urchin's mind.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
This rare production bids fair to supplant the Bible in Sabbath Schools in some parts of our country!
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
Bulger had felt no unkindness toward Bean for thus supplanting him in a desirable post.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
He supplanted the old God and became the only God.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
The young marquis, on his part, had every reason to know the man who had succeeded, not to say supplanted, his father at Lone Castle.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
But we have seen how, in the Renaissance and the Romantic Movement, individualism supplanted these values.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch

In poetry:

"The maid thou wouldst give in marriage,
Is mine by her plighted word;
And his blood who would supplant me,
Has reddened on my good sword.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
Yes, love's truly a vulgar word.
I'll invent something else to supplant it,
Just for you, the whole world, all words
I will gladly rename, if you want it.
"Without A Title" by Boris Pasternak
Because I sawe that there did want
My hart, wherein I did delight,
my dearest hart:
And he that did the same supplant,
No jurisdiction had of right
to play that part.
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young
Shall nevermore, engendered of thy fame,
A new sea-eagle heir thy conqueror name.
And with commissioned talons wrench
From thy supplanter's grimy clench
His sheath of steel, his wings of smoke and flame?
"Turner's Old Temeraire" by James Russell Lowell
Did'st thou not flinch when t'ward the Christian west
The fell invasion of the Saracen
Headed its course with crimson scimitar;
Supplanting the mild precepts of the Cross
With those of lust, of hate and bigotry?
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Chinese Race to Supplant India in Software.
Prescriptions supplanting illegal substances as drugs of choice.
Agriculture is supplanting golf courses as today's must-have amenity , said Randal Jackson, president of the Planning Center/DC&E, a consulting firm in Santa Ana.
In recent years, it is what it is has supplanted giving 110 percent and taking them one game at a time as the reigning sports cliché .
The signs are all in place that may soon supplant Walmart as America's most powerful retailer—if it hasn't already.
The Orioles have supplanted the Red Sox as a power in the AL East.
LeBron's jersey supplants Derrick 's as No.
Earlier in the season (Week 7 to be exact), the Atlanta Falcons supplanted the Houston Texans at No.
High-tech plastic surface supplants water, refrigeration and a Zamboni at a new Gladstone facility.
He's been involved in his fair share, including supplanting Blaine Gabbert this year in Jacksonville.
Hey, I like IE8 well enough, but no way is it going to supplant Firefox as my everyday browser.
Although it was supplanted as the world's tallest building in the 1970s, the Empire State Building never lost its unsurpassed majesty.
Donating to charities for each video watched -- and hoping to supplant the "fake, violent, macho-centered" culture -- a nonprofit porn site is rethinking ethics for the industry.
Will the Intercontinental Rally Challenge supplant the long-established World Rally Championship.
Though heroin seems to be the primary illegal drug problem in our area, meth could well supplant it.

In science:

We pause to mention that we view the cavity method as complementing rather than supplanting the replica method: the latter provides access to the powerful array of field-theoretic tools, the former opens the way to a perturbative treatment of correlations beyond mean-field.
Cavity Approach to the Random Solid State
Given the subtlety of the problem, new definitions of “jammed” and “random” must be held to high mathematical standards in order to supplant existing ones.
Comment on "Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder"
In the classical formulation of E we have replaced the term (v2/c2) by (α r0/r)-2, so let's now, similarly supplant in µ the term (v/c) by (α r0/r)-1.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
To supplant the current theory, a new theory need only make better predictions on average.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
KeyAuth is a generic and universal implementation of public-key authentication aimed at supplanting password-based authentication and significantly improving the security of network accessible resources by enhancing the usability of frequently used authentication mechanisms.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses