replace

replace, substitute
1. The typical construction is to replace A with B (or, in the passive, B is replaced by A), or B can simply replace A, whereas with substitute it is to substitute B for A or to substitute B without any continuation (more usually in the passive: B is substituted). (In all cases, A is the person or thing ‘going out’ and B the one ‘coming in’.) Examples: (replace).

• It is nice to see ‘stewardess’ and ‘steward’ gradually being replaced by the general term ‘flight attendant’ —Scientific American, 1982

• Rugby nightmares replaced nightmares about witches, which had been the basis of my bad dreams for several years —C. Jennings, 1990

• Today, compost toilets are being replaced with Western-style flush systems, despite the fact that Ladakh has no sewers —Ecologist, 2000

• (substitute) Visibility on the course, however, was too poor to permit the senior relay and a three-mile race was substituted —Liverpool Echo, 1976

• Feel free to substitute your favorite whole-grain pasta for the ones I've recommended —Natural Health Magazine, AmE 2002.

2. The use of substitute for replace is a more usual error than the reverse:

• ☒ Some years ago I complimented a rabbi friend on the quality of the Kiddush wine. He confessed that he had substituted it with a decent Côtes du Rhône —Times, 2007.

When a football commentator reports that a player is being substituted, he is referring to the outgoing player and means replaced, but the choice is determined by the dominant influence of the noun substitute by which the incoming player is known.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • replace — re‧place [rɪˈpleɪs] verb [transitive] 1. to start being used, doing a job etc instead of something or someone else: • The tax replaces a levy of 13.5% on manufactured goods. • He will be replaced as chief executive by the current finance director …   Financial and business terms

  • Replace — Re*place (r? pl?s ), v. t. [Pref. re + place: cf. F. replacer.] 1. To place again; to restore to a former place, position, condition, or the like. [1913 Webster] The earl . . . was replaced in his government. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To refund;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • replace — replace, displace, supplant, supersede are rarely interchangeable terms, but they can carry the same basic meaning to put a person or thing out of his or its place or into the place of another. Replace implies supplying a substitute for what has… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • replace — [ri plās′] vt. replaced, replacing 1. to place again; put back in a former or the proper place or position 2. to take the place of; supplant [workers replaced by automated equipment] 3. to provide a substitute or equivalent for [to replace a worn …   English World dictionary

  • replace — I verb act for, alternate, change, commute, compensate, cover for, depute, deputize, duplicate, exchange, fill in for, interchange, make amends, pay back, put back, refund, reimburse, reinstall, reinstate, repay, reponere, represent, restitute,… …   Law dictionary

  • replacé — replacé, ée (re pla sé, sée) part. passé de replacer. La statue de Napoléon Ier replacée sur la colonne de la place Vendôme …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • replace — 1590s, to restore to a previous place, from RE (Cf. re ) back, again + PLACE (Cf. place) (v.). Meaning to take the place of is recorded from 1733 …   Etymology dictionary

  • replace — [v] take the place of; put in place of alter, back up, change, compensate, displace, fill in, follow, front for*, give back, mend, oust, outplace, patch, pinch hit for*, put back, reconstitute, recoup, recover, redeem, redress, reestablish,… …   New thesaurus

  • replacé — Replacé, [replac]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • replace — ► VERB 1) take the place of. 2) provide a substitute for. 3) put back in a previous place or position. DERIVATIVES replaceable adjective replacer noun …   English terms dictionary


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