supersede

verb
su·per·sede | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsēd \
superseded; superseding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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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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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 Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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The most current version of these Terms will supersede all previous versions. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 That would supersede a 1997 legal settlement, reinforced by a 2015 court ruling, that allow children to be held in detention for no more than 20 days. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Feinstein working with Republicans to reach family separation compromise," 21 June 2018 According to court documents, Manafort reached out to would-be witnesses in February after his superseding indictment was unsealed. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Manafort mugshot revealed after he's moved to new jail," 13 July 2018 The court said San Francisco officials had gotten permission to move forward with the project under federal statute, which superseded state law. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "The battle over Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in judges’ hands," 30 May 2018 Congress is working on its own robot-car law, the AV Start Act, S. 1885, which could supersede California rules. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "California green-lights cars without drivers," 26 Feb. 2018 Both of those were superseded by the rise of the Toys 'R Us catalog, which for years reined supreme as a wish book for kids in the lead up to Christmas and its presents. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon may put out a toy catalog, a holiday tradition up for grabs after Toys 'R Us bankruptcy," 5 July 2018 Joshua Adam Schulte, of Manhattan, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury. CBS News, "Former CIA employee charged over leaking of classified hacking tools," 19 June 2018 The title of commander in chief does not supersede that responsibility. Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "Attacking Syria wasn’t legal a year ago. It’s still not.," 13 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 \
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 \
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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