from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics.
- transitive v. To displace and substitute for (another): The word processor has largely supplanted electric typewriters. See Synonyms at replace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take the place of; to replace, to supersede.
- v. To uproot, to remove violently.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To trip up.
- transitive v. To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede.
- transitive v. To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To trip up, as the heels.
- To overthrow; cause the downfall of; destroy; uproot.
- To remove; displace; drive or force away.
- To displace and take the place of, especially (of persons) by scheming or strategy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take the place or move into the position of
Middle English supplanten, from Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantāre, to trip up : sub-, sub- + planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French supplanter, from Latin supplantō ("trip up"), from sub ("under") + planta ("sole"). (Wiktionary)