\ \ [13] Supplant has no connection with things that grow, even though it may be related to English plant. Etymologically it means ‘trip up’.
\ \ It comes via Old French supplanter from Latin supplantāretrip up’, hence ‘overthrow’, a compound verb formed from the prefix sub- ‘up from under’ and plantasole of the foot’ (possible ancestor of English plant).

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  • Supplant — Sup*plant , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Supplanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supplanting}.] [F. supplanter, L. supplantare to trip up one s heels, to throw down; sub under + planta the sole of the foot, also, a sucker, slip, sprout. Cf. {Plant}, n.] 1. To trip …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supplant — I verb abolish, act for, bring low, cashier, cause the downfall of, depose, deracinate, dethrone, discharge, dismiss, displace, drive away, drive out, eject, eradicate, expel, extirpate, fire, force out, oust, overthrow, overpower, remove,… …   Law dictionary

  • supplant — c.1300, to trip up, overthrow, defeat, dispossess, from O.Fr. supplanter to trip up, overthrow, from L. supplantare trip up, overthrow, from sub under + planta sole of the foot (see PLANT (Cf. plant) (n.)). Meaning replace one thing with another… …   Etymology dictionary

  • supplant — *displace, *replace, supersede Analogous words: *eject, oust, dismiss, expel: uproot, eradicate, extirpate, *exterminate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • supplant — [v] displace, replace back up, bounce, cast out, crowd, cut out, eject, expel, fill in, force, force out, front for, oust, outplace, overthrow, remove, ring, ring in, sit in, stand in, substitute, succeed, supersede, swap places with, take out,… …   New thesaurus

  • supplant — ► VERB ▪ supersede and replace. DERIVATIVES supplanter noun. ORIGIN Latin supplantare trip up …   English terms dictionary

  • supplant — [sə plant′, səplänt′] vt. [ME supplanten < OFr supplanter < L supplantare, to put under the sole of the foot, trip up < sub , under (see SUB ) + planta, sole of the foot: see PLANT] 1. to take the place of; supersede, esp. through force… …   English World dictionary

  • supplant — UK [səˈplɑːnt] / US [səˈplænt] verb [transitive] Word forms supplant : present tense I/you/we/they supplant he/she/it supplants present participle supplanting past tense supplanted past participle supplanted formal to replace something or someone …   English dictionary

  • supplant — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French supplanter, from Latin supplantare to trip up, cause to stumble, from sub + planta sole of the foot more at place Date: 14th century 1. to supersede (another) especially by force or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • supplant — verb /səˈplɑːnt,səˈplænt/ To take the place of; to replace, to supersede. Will online dictionaries ever supplant paper dictionaries? Syn: dethrone, oust, replace, supersede, take over, uproot, wrench …   Wiktionary

  • supplant — sup|plant [ sə plænt ] verb transitive FORMAL to replace something or someone, often as a result of being more powerful: Their concern is that central decision making will supplant local government …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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