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To replace, or to be replaced - thesaurus

Synonyms

replace

verb

to be used for doing the same job as something that was used before

change

verb

to replace something with a new or different thing

renew

verb

to replace something that is old or damaged

supersede

verb

if one thing supersedes another, it replaces the other thing, especially because it is more modern or more useful

swap

verb

to replace one thing with another

substitute

verb

to remove one thing and put something else in its place

give way

to be replaced by something, especially something newer or better

make way (for)

to be replaced by someone or something

relieve

verb

to replace someone when they finish work

succeed

verb

formal to follow and replace something

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act

verb

if you act for someone, you do something as their representative

be represented

if a particular group, organization etc is represented somewhere, someone from that group is there

change

verb

if you change someone who performs a service for you, you use someone else

change/swap/trade places (with someone)

to take someone’s position while they take yours

displace

verb

to take the place of someone or something

do duty

to be used instead of something else, for a purpose that is not the usual purpose

do something in someone’s stead

to do something that someone else usually does or was going to do

interchange

verb

to put one thing in the place where a second thing was and put the second thing in the place where the first one was, or to be put in different places in this way

make up for

to take the place of something that has been lost or damaged

replace

verb

to put something back in its correct place or position

replace

verb

mainly literary to take the place of something that was there before

represent

verb

to speak or act officially for another person, group, or organization

reverse

verb

to exchange your activities or status with that of another person

rotate

verb

if people or things rotate, or if you rotate them, they replace one another in a fixed order

sit in for

to take the place of someone temporarily

spell

verb

Americaninformal to do someone’s work for a short time, so that they can rest

substitute

verb

to use something new or different instead of what is normally used

supersize

verb

to change something for a much larger size

supplant

verb

formal to replace something or someone, often as a result of being more powerful

swap

verb

if two people swap jobs, activities, or positions, each person does what the other person was doing

swap places

to move to the place where someone else is sitting or standing, so that they can move to where you were sitting or standing

swap places

to be in the situation that another person is in

switch

verb

to replace one object with another

switch

verb

to do someone else’s work in their place, usually in exchange for them doing your work on some other occasion

take someone’s place

to do something instead of someone else

take something’s place

to be used instead of something else

trade

verb

to exchange something that you have for something else

trade places

to take someone else’s place or position and give them yours

usurp

verb

formal to take a job or position that belongs to someone else without having the right to do this

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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