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re·place / riˈplās/ • v. [tr.] 1. take the place of: Ian's smile was replaced by a frown. ∎  provide or find a substitute for (something that is broken, old, or inoperative): the light bulb needs replacing. ∎  fill the role of (someone or something) with a substitute: the government dismissed 3,000 of its customs inspectors, replacing them with new recruits.2. put (something) back in a previous place or position: he drained his glass and replaced it on the bar.DERIVATIVES: re·plac·er n.