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Definition force to move; or to take the place of
  • It is a much better way to manufacture the product, but many workers will be displaced by the new technology.
displaced = forced to move (in this case, out of their old jobs)
  • Many people were displaced by the hurricane.
  • displaced = forced to move
  • The refugees were displaced by the war.
  • displaced = forced to move
  • A ship displaces a weight of water equal to its own weight.
  • displaces = forces to move
  • The colonists displaced the natives
  • Time itself seemed to have grown dull and old, as if no day were ever to displace the melancholy night.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Disgust had been displaced by wrath, and her mood was clearly vengeful.
    Jack London  --  Adventure
  • ...a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
    Proverbs 30:23 (NIV)
  • Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • displacing = moving
  • One anger displacing another.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • displacing = taking the place of
  • For Tuck's head tilted to one side, his eyes went soft, and the gentlest smile in the world displaced the melancholy creases of his cheeks.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • displaced = took the place of
  • The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • displaces = takes the place of
  • They had displaced each other.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • displaced = taken each other's places
  • The obvious suggestions have been made—displace, transmute, dissemble.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He can almost feel the diamond-shafts of green pushing upward, displacing the wet, trampled earth.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • It's about displaced persons.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • A crowd is gathering, mostly made up of displaced Benzini Brothers roustabouts.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The impact sent shockwaves of displaced air reverberating throughout the room.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The leaves of the sacred book were scattered on the ground, and even a fragment of the shelf had been displaced by the kidnapper in his agony.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • So each of my cases displaces the last, and Mlle.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles

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