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Verb: displace  dis'pleys
  1. Cause to move, usually with force or pressure
    "the refugees were displaced by the war"
     
  2. Take the place of or have precedence over
    "live broadcast of the presidential debate displaces the regular news hour";
    - preempt, pre-empt
     
  3. Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    "The boss displaced his secretary today";
    - fire, give notice, can [N. Amer, informal], dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate
     
  4. Cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    "displace those boxes into the corner, please";
    - move

Derived forms: displaced, displacing, displaces

Type of: remove, replace, supercede [non-standard], supersede, supervene upon, supplant

Encyclopedia: Displace