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displace

dis·place

displace

 
pronunciation:
dIs pleIs
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: displaced, displaces, displacing
definition 1: to force out of a homeland or established place.
The war displaced thousands of families.
synonyms:
eject, expel, relocate, uproot
similar words:
banish, evict, exile, oust, transfer
definition 2: to move out of the customary or proper place.
I could see that things in my room had been displaced.
synonyms:
move, remove
antonyms:
replace
similar words:
confuse, derange, disarrange, disorder, relocate, shift, unsettle, upset
definition 3: to take the place of.
Compact disks displaced cassette tapes.
synonyms:
replace, succeed, supersede
similar words:
supplant
definition 4: to force out of a position; oust.
The rebel government displaced the elected leadership.After years of winning the championship, our team was finally displaced.
synonyms:
dislodge, eject, expel, oust, supplant
antonyms:
reinstate
similar words:
bounce, bump, cashier, depose, dismiss, purge, remove, unseat
derivation: displacer (n.)
Word Parts
The word displace contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-