1. To trip up. "Supplanted, down he fell."

2. To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede; as, a rival supplants another in the favor of a mistress or a prince. "Suspecting that the courtier had supplanted the friend." (Bp. Fell)

3. To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of. "You never will supplant the received ideas of God." (Landor)

Synonyms: To remove, displace, overpower, undermine, overthrow, supersede.

Origin: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)