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superseded; superseding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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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 Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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Recent Examples on the Web The superseding indictment is just an extension of the government’s inaccurate theory about Mr. McDavid. Christina Carrega, ABC News, "Embattled singer R. Kelly facing additional sex abuse charges," 15 Feb. 2020 The superseding indictment also charges other individuals whom the Justice Department said have not yet been apprehended and whose names have not been publicly released. Brian Fung, CNN, "US charges Huawei with racketeering, escalating crackdown on tech giant," 13 Feb. 2020 Huawei faces three new counts in this superseding indictment, for a total of 16, including racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. NBC News, "U.S. says Chinese telecom giant Huawei did business with Iran, North Korea," 13 Feb. 2020 The law requires him to report the complaint to Congress, but seemed to Maguire potentially covered by executive privilege that superseded his own authority as acting DNI. Wired, "Congress Grills Its First Witness in Trump's Whistle-Blower Scandal," 26 Sep. 2019 Days later, instead of turning over the documents, prosecutors obtained a superseding indictment to extend the statute of limitations using a different theory. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Justice Department Accused of Abusing Process to Extend Statute of Limitations," 2 Feb. 2020 Whitaker was serving in that role at the time that superseding indictments were returned against the Valencias. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Jury convicts two San Antonio relatives in oil theft scheme," 28 Jan. 2020 The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland said a federal grand jury on Thursday returned a superseding indictment against Stephen Lyle Orback. Washington Post, "Additional charge filed in threats to Maryland synagogue," 17 Jan. 2020 The superseding indictment expands the scope of the previous charges. Fox News, "Who is the FBI’s most wanted American terrorist? Meet Jehad Serwan Mostafa," 9 Jan. 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 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for supersede

supersede

verb
How to pronounce supersede (audio)

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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