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Meaning of “replace” in the English Dictionary

"replace" in British English

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replaceverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈpleɪs/
  • replace verb [T] (CHANGE FOR)

B1 to take the ​place of something, or to put something or someone in the ​place of something or someone ​else: The ​factory replaced most of ​itsworkers withrobots. Tourism has replaced ​agriculture as the nation's ​mainindustry.B1 If you replace something ​broken, ​damaged, or ​lost, you ​provide a new one: I ​promised to replace the ​plate that I'd ​dropped.

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replaceable
adjective uk   us   /-ˈpleɪ.sə.bl̩/
Don't ​worry - all that ​stolenstuff is replaceable.
(Definition of replace from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"replace" in American English

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replaceverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈpleɪs/
  • replace verb [T] (CHANGE FOR)

to take the ​place of something or put in the ​place of something or someone ​else: We replaced ​ouroldairconditioners. The ​ailingactress was replaced by her ​understudy.
  • replace verb [T] (PUT BACK)

to put something back where it was before: After ​dusting the ​vase, she replaced it on the ​shelf.
replacement
noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈpleɪs·mənt/
[U] The replacement of ​typewriters by ​computershappenedquickly.
(Definition of replace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"replace" in Business English

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replaceverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈpleɪs/
to take the ​place of something or someone else: The ​singlefarmpayment will replace all ​subsidyschemes in January. Four ​people have ​left the DA's ​office and not been replaced.replace sth with sth The ​majority of British ​people are ​opposed to replacing the ​poundsterling with the ​euro.replace sb as sth He'll be replaced as undersecretary by Kate Michael.
to ​change something that is old, ​damaged, ​lost, etc. for something newer or better: The ​machines were too ​expensive to replace. A lot of ​technology in this hospital is ancient and ​needs to be replaced. The ​companyguarantees to replace a ​stolenhandset within 24 ​hours.
(Definition of replace from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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