supersede

verb
su·​per·​sede | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsēd How to pronounce supersede (audio) \
superseded; superseding

Definition of supersede

transitive verb

1a : to cause to be set aside
b : to force out of use as inferior
2 : to take the place or position of
3 : to displace in favor of another

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Other Words from supersede

superseder noun

Choose the Right Synonym for supersede

replace, displace, supplant, supersede mean to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another. replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate. replaced the broken window displace implies an ousting or dislodging. war had displaced thousands supplant implies either a dispossessing or usurping of another's place, possessions, or privileges or an uprooting of something and its replacement with something else. was abruptly supplanted in her affections by another supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior. the new edition supersedes all previous ones

Examples of supersede in a Sentence

Fortunately, the scientific enterprise has its own self-correcting mechanisms that eventually sort things out. Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results. Studies that are right will be corroborated by other good studies. — Harriet Hall, Skeptic, 2007 The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word. — M. Rex Miller, The Millennium Matrix, 2004 Upgrading America's too-old, too-slow telephone network, which took about a century to build, is a massive task. But if you believe predictions that the Internet will one day supersede the telephone as the world's primary means of communications, these companies will be road kill if they simply sit by the wayside. — Bethany McLean, Fortune, 6 Dec. 1999 This edition supersedes the previous one. Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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Recent Examples on the Web If Baltimore announces additional restrictions that supersede the governor’s, the city liquor board will hurry to share them with license-holders, said deputy executive secretary Nicholas Blendy. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "What will dining look like as Maryland lifts COVID capacity limits? For some, confusion and concern remains.," 11 Mar. 2021 The group has also argued in court filings that hazard pay ordinances supersede collective bargaining agreements with grocery worker unions. Rachel Sandler, Forbes, "These Are The Cities Giving Grocery Workers ‘Hero Pay’ During The Pandemic," 24 Feb. 2021 Tenant advocates say Oakland’s policy and other local moratoriums supersede the statewide law. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland tenants served with eviction notice despite moratorium: 'What if I'm out on the street?'," 4 Feb. 2021 When police unions in this state negotiate contracts with cities, the terms of those contracts supersede the employment provisions in Chapter 143. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Fix SAPD petition drive spurs questions on the best route to police reform," 14 Jan. 2021 Even if the wage freeze goes into effect, the new Secretary of Labor could choose to publish new regulations to supersede the Trump administration cuts. Jonah Goldman Kay, The New Republic, "The Lethal Inequality on American Farms," 22 Dec. 2020 Not sure politics and the great party divide will supersede anything. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "What stood out in President Biden's inaugural address? Our panel weighs in," 21 Jan. 2021 Medical school mistakenly taught me that the concerns of patients always supersede my own. Suzan Song, STAT, "As the pandemic rages, demoralization deflates health care workers," 19 Dec. 2020 Yosemite officials did not return calls and emails Thursday seeking clarification on mask rules in the park and whether federal policies supersede state and local guidelines. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel hosted hundreds for Thanksgiving dinner," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of supersede

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supersede

Middle English (Scots) superceden to defer, from Middle French superceder, from Latin supersedēre to sit on top, refrain from, from super- + sedēre to sit — more at sit

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“Supersede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supersede. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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supersede

verb

English Language Learners Definition of supersede

: to take the place of (someone or something that is old, no longer useful, etc.) : to replace (someone or something)

supersede

verb
su·​per·​sede | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsēd How to pronounce supersede (audio) \
superseded; superseding

Kids Definition of supersede

: to take the place or position of These instructions supersede those you received earlier.

supersede

transitive verb
su·​per·​sede | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsēd How to pronounce supersede (audio) \
superseded; superseding

Legal Definition of supersede

1 : to subject to postponement or suspension especially : to suspend the operation of (a judgment or order) by means of a supersedeas
2 : to take the place of in authority : preempt, override
3 : to take the place of and render null or ineffective

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