displace

When you displace something, you move it to a new position — either in a concrete sense, like moving a chair, or in an abstract sense, like firing someone from a job.

Displace means to forcefully move or remove something — or someone — but it can also mean “to take the place of,” again, with some force. If your brother is sitting in your seat, you might say, “Get out of my chair! Don’t make me have to displace you!” Similarly, when a new employee is hired at work, she might displace the person who had the job before.

DEFINITIONS OF: displace

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v cause to move, usually with force or pressure

“the refugees were displaced by the war”
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dislocate
put out of its usual place, position, or relationship
bump, dislodge
remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
transfer, transplant
lift and reset in another soil or situation
crowd out, force out
press, force, or thrust out of a small space
evacuate
move people from their homes or country
deracinate, uproot
move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment
throw
cause to fall off
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move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Synonyms:
move
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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circulate, mobilise, mobilize
cause to move around
relocate
move or establish in a new location
dislocate, luxate, slip, splay
move out of position
translate
change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation
place, post, send, station
assign to a station
agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
change the arrangement or position of
channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
send from one person or place to another
funnel
move or pour through a funnel
brandish, flourish, wave
move or swing back and forth
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
tug
move by pulling hard
disarrange
destroy the arrangement or order of
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location
engage, lock, mesh, operate
keep engaged
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force
launch, set in motion
get going; give impetus to
roll, twine, wind, wrap
arrange or or coil around
unroll, unwind, wind off
reverse the winding or twisting of
force, squeeze, wedge
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
work
move into or onto
disgorge, shed, spill
cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
slop, spill, splatter
cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
unseat
dislodge from one's seat, as from a horse
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart
deracinate, extirpate, root out, uproot
pull up by or as if by the roots
depress, press down
press down
lift
take hold of something and move it to a different location
flick, riffle, ruffle
twitch or flutter
work
move in an agitated manner
take back
move text to the previous line; in printing
center, centre
move into the center
pump
move up and down
scan
move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
bump around, jar, shake up
shock physically
dandle
move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees
revolve, roll
cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
rock, sway
cause to move back and forth
fluctuate
cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern
pulse
drive by or as if by pulsation
dislodge, reposition, shift
change place or direction
glide
cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly
stir
move an implement through
play
cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
bowl over, knock over, overturn, tip over, tump over, turn over, upset
cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
send, ship, transport
transport commercially
direct, send
cause to go somewhere
transport
move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
saltate
move by saltation
bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
move something or somebody to a lower position
lift, raise
move upwards
bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
raise from a lower to a higher position
drop
let fall to the ground
sink
cause to sink
advance, bring forward
cause to move forward
chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back
force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
shift, transfer
move around
crowd, herd
cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
circulate
cause to move in a circuit or system
circulate, distribute, pass around, pass on
cause be distributed
drive out, force out, rouse, rout out
force or drive out
drive
cause someone or something to move by driving
race, rush
cause to move fast or to rush or race
whoosh, woosh
move with a sibilant sound
pour
cause to run
slip
cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion
bring outside, exteriorize
bring outside the body for surgery, of organs
upstage
move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience
swing
move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
turn, turn over
cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
turn
cause to move around or rotate
turn
cause to move along an axis or into a new direction
slide
move smoothly along a surface
run
cause an animal to move fast
whistle
move, send, or bring as if by whistling
beat, flap
move with a thrashing motion
singsong
move as if accompanied by a singsong
hustle
cause to move furtively and hurriedly
wash
move by or as if by water
rake
move through with or as if with a rake
blow
cause to move by means of an air current
drag
use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu
draw, pull
cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
lateralize
move or displace to one side so as to make lateral
translate
subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body
hit, strike
drive something violently into a location
sling
move with a sling
change hands, change owners
be transferred to another owner
transfer
move from one place to another
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out
get up
cause to rise
enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in
introduce
dislocate
put out of its usual place, position, or relationship
compartmentalise, compartmentalize, cut up
separate into isolated compartments or categories
polarise, polarize
cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions
isolate, keep apart, sequester, sequestrate, set apart
set apart from others
docket
place on the docket for legal action
mail, post, send
cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
get off, send, send off
transfer
garrison
station (troops) in a fort or garrison
fort
station (troops) in a fort
jack, jack up
lift with a special device
nudge, poke at, prod
to push against gently
shoulder
carry a burden, either real or metaphoric
port
carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons
shoulder
lift onto one's shoulders
flip
move with a flick or light motion
rocket
propel with a rocket
carry
propel or give impetus to
cock
set the trigger of a firearm back for firing
postpose
place after another constituent in the sentence
prepose
place before another constituent in the sentence
step
place (a ship's mast) in its step
disjoin, disjoint
make disjoint, separated, or disconnected; undo the joining of
disarticulate, disjoint
separate at the joints
put back, replace
put something back where it belongs
stratify
form, arrange, or deposit in layers
impact
press or wedge together; pack together
disconnect
make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten
plant
place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive
kick up
cause to rise by kicking
kick
drive or propel with the foot
pole, punt
propel with a pole
intersperse
place at intervals in or among
mess up, ruffle, ruffle up, rumple
disturb the smoothness of
compact, compress, pack together
make more compact by or as if by pressing
hit
cause to move by striking
beat, scramble
stir vigorously
churn
stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter
toss
agitate
paddle
stir with a paddle
rile, roil
make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
poke
stir by poking
nestle, snuggle
position comfortably
bear
move while holding up or supporting
bucket
carry in a bucket
return
make a return
bring, convey, fetch, get
go or come after and bring or take back
pile
place or lay as if in a pile
project
transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
propagate
transmit
translate
bring to a certain spiritual state
pipe in
transport to a destiny through pipes
release, turn
let (something) fall or spill from a container
send, send out
to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place
wigwag
send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
press, push
make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
twitch
move or pull with a sudden motion
pull back
move to a rearward position; pull towards the back
adduct
draw a limb towards the body
abduct
pull away from the body
stretch
pull in opposite directions
port
carry, bear, convey, or bring
porter
carry luggage or supplies
pack
carry, as on one's back
cart
transport something in a cart
fly
transport by aeroplane
haul
transport in a vehicle
pick, pluck, plunk
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
tug
pull or strain hard at
drag
pull, as against a resistance
lug, tote, tug
carry with difficulty
cart, drag, hale, haul
draw slowly or heavily
hoist, lift, wind
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
trice, trice up
raise with a line
hoist, run up
raise
heave, heave up, heft, heft up
lift or elevate
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order
boot out, chuck out, eject, exclude, turf out, turn out
put out or expel from a place
lay over, superimpose, superpose
place on top of
superpose
place (one geometric figure) upon another so that their perimeters coincide
muss, tussle
make messy or untidy
dishevel, tangle, tousle
disarrange or rumple; dishevel
park
place temporarily
ensconce, settle
fix firmly
dispose
place or put in a particular order
emplace
put into place or position
emplace
provide a new emplacement for guns
ship
place on board a ship
underlay
put (something) under or beneath
trench
set, plant, or bury in a trench
pigeonhole
place into a small compartment
shelve
place on a shelf
jar
place in a cylindrical vessel
repose
to put something (eg trust) in something
sign
place signs, as along a road
middle
put in the middle
parallelize
place parallel to one another
butt
place end to end without overlapping
recess
put into a recess
reposition
place into another position
throw, thrust
place or put with great energy
tee, tee up
place on a tee
rack up
place in a rack
coffin
place into a coffin
bed
put to bed
appose
place side by side or in close proximity
place down, put down, set down
cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
seed, sow
place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
misplace
place or position wrongly; put in the wrong position
juxtapose
place side by side
set down
put or settle into a position
bottle
put into bottles
bucket
put into a bucket
barrel
put in barrels
ground
place or put on the ground
pillow, rest
rest on or as if on a pillow
lose, mislay, misplace
place (something) where one cannot find it again
attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
beat back, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse
cause to move back by force or influence
throw
propel through the air
flip, switch, throw
cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
ride
keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
drive
push, propel, or press with force
launch
propel with force
launch
launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage
catapult
shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult
project, send off
throw, send, or cast forward
upend
set, turn, or stand on end
spool
wind onto a spool or a reel
reel
wind onto or off a reel
ball
form into a ball by winding or rolling
clew, clue
roll into a ball
coil, curl, loop
wind around something in coils or loops
bump, dislodge
remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
stir
mix or add by stirring
pour forth, shed, spill
pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities
seed
go to seed; shed seeds
seat, sit, sit down
show to a seat; assign a seat for
seat
place in or on a seat
lay, put down, repose
put in a horizontal position
place upright, stand, stand up
put into an upright position
recline
cause to recline
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument
tear
to separate or be separated by force
joint
separate (meat) at the joint
gin
separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin
break
separate from a clinch, in boxing
break up, sever
set or keep apart
stub
pull up (weeds) by their roots
plant, set
put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
instal, install, put in, set up
set up for use
bust, rupture, snap, tear
separate or cause to separate abruptly
deposit, fix, posit, situate
put (something somewhere) firmly
ladle
put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle
fork, pitchfork
lift with a pitchfork
shove
push roughly
flick, jerk
throw or toss with a quick motion
jerk, yank
pull, or move with a sudden movement
winch
pull or lift up with or as if with a winch
pick off, pluck, pull off, tweak
pull or pull out sharply
poise
cause to be balanced or suspended
loft
propel through the air
lean
cause to lean or incline
clap
put quickly or forcibly
rest
put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying
perch
cause to perch or sit
hoist
move from one place to another by lifting
dribble, drip, drop
let or cause to fall in drops
load
put (something) on a structure or conveyance
cram
put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
set
put into a position that will restore a normal state
siphon
move a liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action
seat
place or attach firmly in or on a base
cast, contrive, project, throw
put or send forth
frighten
drive out by frightening
pump
raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
transfuse
pour out of one vessel into another
sluice
transport in or send down a sluice
transfer, transplant
lift and reset in another soil or situation
transit
revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction
transpose
transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality
jostle, shove
come into rough contact with while moving
nose
push or move with the nose
obtrude, push out, thrust out
push to thrust outward
push aside, push away
push out of the way
muscle into
force one's way
push up
push upward
float
set afloat
beat down
dislodge from a position
thrust
push forcefully
flutter
flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
reorient
cause to turn
drive
urge forward
levitate
cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity
ferry
transport by ferry
wheelbarrow
transport in a wheelbarrow
chariot
transport in a chariot
raft
transport on a raft
bus
send or move around by bus
pipe
transport by pipeline
barge
transport by barge on a body of water
railroad
transport by railroad
freight
transport commercially as cargo
turn
channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something
turn
to send or let go
divert
send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
route
send via a specific route
refer
send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision
airt, redirect
channel into a new direction
truck
convey (goods etc.) by truck
rail
convey (goods etc.) by rails
sledge
transport in a sleigh
lighter
transport in a flatbottom boat
despatch, dispatch, send off
send away towards a designated goal
forward, send on
send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
pick up
give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
reef
lower and bring partially inboard
depress
lower (prices or markets)
underlay
raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type
skid
elevate onto skids
pinnacle
raise on or as if on a pinnacle
chin, chin up
raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
leaven, prove, raise
cause to puff up with a leaven
heighten
increase the height of
boost, hike, hike up
increase
gather up, lift up, pick up
take and lift upward
plop
drop something with a plopping sound
dump
drop (stuff) in a heap or mass
hang
let drop or droop
plank down, plonk down, plump down
drop heavily
erect, rear
cause to rise up
settle
cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
glycerolise, glycerolize
place in glycerol
space
place at intervals
marshal
place in proper rank
settle, settle down
settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground
jam
push down forcibly
nose
advance the forward part of with caution
fire
drive out or away by or as if by fire
clear the air
dispel differences or negative emotions
banish
drive away
shoo, shoo away, shoo off
drive away by crying `shoo!'
shunt
transfer to another track, of trains
carry
transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication
shuffle
move about, move back and forth
transship
transfer for further transportation from one ship or conveyance to another
bunker
transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse
carry forward, carry over
transfer from one time period to the next
crowd out, force out
press, force, or thrust out of a small space
evacuate
move people from their homes or country
overcrowd
cause to crowd together too much
dip
lower briefly
convect
circulate hot air by convection
send around
forward to others
utter
put into circulation
wheel, wheel around
wheel somebody or something
hunt
chase away, with as with force
smoke out
drive out with smoke
pull
steer into a certain direction
chauffeur, drive around
drive someone in a vehicle
incline
lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow
effuse, pour out
pour out
decant, pour, pour out
pour out
bring, convey, take
take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
carry over
transport from one place or state to another
scatter, spread, spread out
strew or distribute over an area
remove, transfer
shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
wind up
give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching
evert
turn inside out; turn the inner surface of outward
leaf
turn over pages
supinate
turn (the hand or forearm) so that the back is downward or backward, or turn out (the leg)
bring about
cause to move into the opposite direction
port
put or turn on the left side, of a ship
bate
flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
clap
cause to strike the air in flight
shove, squeeze, stuff, thrust
press or force
tip, topple, tumble
cause to topple or tumble by pushing
throw
to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
whiff
drive or carry as if by a puff of air
blow
cause air to go in, on, or through
advect
convey by horizontal mass movement of a fluid
smash
hit violently
teleport
transport by dematerializing at one point and assembling at another
vest
become legally vested
devolve, fall, pass, return
be inherited by
accrue, fall
come into the possession of
communicate, convey, transmit
transfer to another
load
transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
offset
cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
import
transfer (electronic data) into a database or document
export
transfer (electronic data) out of a database or document in a format that can be used by other programs
offload
transfer to a peripheral device, of computer data
carry, post
transfer (entries) from one account book to another
FTP
use the file transfer protocol to transfer data from one computer to another
spool
transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
download
transfer a file or program from a central computer to a smaller computer or to a computer at a remote location
upload
transfer a file or program to a central computer from a smaller computer or a computer at a remote location
locate, place, site
assign a location to
charge, commit, institutionalise, institutionalize, send
cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
translocate
move from one place to another, especially of wild animals
translocate
transfer (a chromosomal segment) to a new position
deport, exile, expatriate
expel from a country
debar, suspend
bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
deliver, deport, extradite
hand over to the authorities of another country
banish, bar, relegate
expel, as if by official decree
ban, banish, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun
expel from a community or group
ban, banish
ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
deracinate, uproot
move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment
imbricate
place so as to overlap

v take the place of or have precedence over

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preempt
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replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant
take the place or move into the position of

v terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

Synonyms:
can, dismiss, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
Antonyms:
employ, engage, hire
engage or hire for work
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retire
make (someone) retire
pension off
let go from employment with an attractive pension
clean out
force out
furlough, lay off
dismiss, usually for economic reasons
squeeze out
force out
dismiss, drop, send away, send packing
stop associating with
superannuate
retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
downsize
dismiss from work
Type of:
remove
remove from a position or an office
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