Pronunciation: (ri-plās'), [key]
—v.t., -placed, -plac•ing.
1. to assume the former role, position, or function of; substitute for (a person or thing): Electricity has replaced gas in lighting.
2. to provide a substitute or equivalent in the place of: to replace a broken dish.
3. to restore; return; make good: to replace a sum of money borrowed.
4. to restore to a former or the proper place: to replace the vase on the table.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.