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superseded; superseding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

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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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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 Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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Would he be disgusted to see data and algorithms superseding human guts, dedication, and grit? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and the Site and supersede all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 Anderson is technically gifted, and there are lots of complex techniques and pretty food on display, but presentation often supersedes the actual taste. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018 Because of its early bird status, and especially grave pollution problem at the time, Congress gave California the unusual right to keep making its own regulations, even though federal rules should supersede state ones. Alex Davies, WIRED, "China and the Children Will Save the Electric Car From Scott Pruitt's EPA," 30 Mar. 2018 Although not named in April’s superseding indictment (which is an indictment that adds additional charges), De Sousa appears to fit the description of a recruit detailed in it. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 That is, unless congressional legislation supersedes the state court decisions. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Supreme Court’s internet sales tax ruling may be a nightmare for small businesses," 22 June 2018 But last week’s superseding indictment from Mueller’s office alleged that Manafort and Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik, who was also indicted, attempted to influence two witnesses who were being used in the case against him. Alana Abramson, Time, "Former Trump Campaign Head Paul Manafort Is Going to Jail While Awaiting Trial," 15 June 2018 That, for most viewers, will likely supersede all the identity politics in the world. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Rachel Divide’ Review: Racial Profiling," 26 Apr. 2018

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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

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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