Meaning of “replace” in the English Dictionary

"replace" in British English

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replaceverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈpleɪs/ 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 its workers with robots.
Tourism has replaced agriculture as the nation's main industry.

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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  • Do a global search for 'organise' and replace it with 'organize'.
  • The Council plans to knock the library down and replace it with a hotel complex.
  • Imperial units have in many cases been replaced by metric ones in Britain.
  • Doctors have replaced the top of his hip bone with a metal sphere.
  • He's bought me a smart new camera to replace my old one.
replaceable
adjective uk /rɪˈpleɪ.sə.bəl/ us /rɪˈpleɪ.sə.bəl/

Don't worry - all that stolen stuff 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 our old air conditioners.
The ailing actress 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 computers happened quickly.

(Definition of “replace” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"replace" in Business English

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replaceverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈpleɪs/ us

to take the place of something or someone else:

The single farm payment will replace all subsidy schemes 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 pound sterling 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 company guarantees to replace a stolen handset within 24 hours.

(Definition of “replace” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)