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
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    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, trundle
    cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis
    force, push
    move with force
    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 to 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
    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
    put something (e.g. 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
    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
    scuttle
    sink a ship by creating holes in the hull
    flush
    force to come into the open, as from a place of concealment
  3. verb
    take the place of or have precedence over
    synonyms: preempt
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    replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant
    take the place or move into the position of
  4. verb
    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
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    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
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    remove
    remove from a position or an office
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