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.

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