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Supplant Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    supplant v : take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school" [syn: replace, supersede, supervene upon]
Supplant Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Supplant \Sup*plant"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supplanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Supplanting.] [F. supplanter, L. supplantare to trip up one's heels, to throw down; sub under + planta the sole of the foot, also, a sucker, slip, sprout. Cf. Plant, n.]
  1. To trip up. [Obs.] ``Supplanted, down he fell.'' --Milton.
  2. To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede; as, a rival supplants another in the favor of a mistress or a prince. Suspecting that the courtier had supplanted the friend. --Bp. Fell.
  3. To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of. You never will supplant the received ideas of God. --Landor. Syn: To remove; displace; overpower; undermine; overthrow; supersede.
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