'Displace' definitions:

Definition of 'displace'

(from WordNet)
Cause to move, usually with force or pressure; "the refugees were displaced by the war"
Take the place of or have precedence over; "live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour"; "discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor" [syn: preempt, displace]
Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn: displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate] [ant: employ, engage, hire]
Cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant" [syn: move, displace]

Definition of 'Displace'

  • Displace \Dis*place"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Displaced; p. pr. & vb. n. Displacing.] [Pref. dis- + place: cf. F. d['e]placer.]
  • 1. To change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation; as, the books in the library are all displaced. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. To crowd out; to take the place of. [1913 Webster]
  • Holland displaced Portugal as the mistress of those seas. --London Times. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. To remove from a state, office, dignity, or employment; to discharge; to depose; as, to displace an officer of the revenue. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. To dislodge; to drive away; to banish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
  • You have displaced the mirth. --Shak.
  • Syn: To disarrange; derange; dismiss; discard. [1913 Webster]