“Unfortunately for the daisies, they were soon supplanted by robust and aggressively growing carrots.”

What is the best definition of supplant?

Check your answer!

Choice A - To remove something and relocate it
Choice B - To assist or bolster a person or entity
Choice C - To displace or take over a position
Choice D - To hold power during an interim period


Supplant (verb) – to move into a position or take over; to replace or displace; or, to drive-out by force

GRE pro tips:

Breaking down the roots of supplant can help you decipher its meaning. The Latin prefix sup (another form of sub) means “under” or “from below” and planta indicates “place” or “position.” So, it makes sense that the supplant means to displace something and take over its position, or to uproot one thing and replace it with something else. Supplantation can be done by force, naturally, or through consensus. For example, a rebel group may supplant the reigning political party following a forceful overthrow; or, new ideas may supplant an antiquated ideology, on the basis of their widely recognized superiority.

To help remember this word, think of a group of big, bad carrots supplanting (uprooting and replacing) a group of daisies.

Example sentences:

“Mrs. Marshall has chaired the committee for seven consecutive years – if Mr. Kay thinks he can easily supplant her, he is in for a rude awakening.”  

“Online shopping may ultimately supplant smaller locally-owned and operated merchants and vendors.”

“Rumors of a coup d’etat found their way to the commander, who was infuriated  by the rebels’ attempts to supplant his power.”