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displace (v.)

1550s, "remove to a different place, put out of the usual place; remove from any position, office, or dignity," from Old French desplacer (15c., Modern French déplacer), from des- (see dis-) + placer "to place," from place "place, spot" (see place (n.)). Related: Displaced; displacing. Displaced person "refugee" is from 1944.

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Definitions of displace

displace (v.)
cause to move, usually with force or pressure;
the refugees were displaced by the war
displace (v.)
take the place of or have precedence over;
Synonyms: preempt
displace (v.)
terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position;
Synonyms: fire / give notice / can / dismiss / give the axe / send away / sack / force out / give the sack / terminate
displace (v.)
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense;
Synonyms: move
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