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superseded; superseding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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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 Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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Tanner says the brokers instructed buyers to ignore the CC&Rs in place restricting short-term rentals, saying the new law supersedes those rules. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "'They killed our city': Sedona residents confront lawmaker over short-term rentals," 25 July 2019 Nintendo’s early portable revisions, meanwhile, tended to be straight improvements that superseded their predecessors in every way. Sam Byford, The Verge, "A brief history of cutdown game consoles," 11 July 2019 The Constituent Assembly, created in a 2017 election boycotted by the opposition, is controlled by the ruling Socialist Party and its powers supersede the National Assembly. NBC News, "Venezuela's rule of law has crumbled under Maduro, international legal group reports," 8 July 2019 Tour of America's Dairyland Tour of America's Dairyland got its start in 2009, and superseded Superweek, which Otto Wentz started in 1969, said Bill Koch, executive director. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Raised Grain co-owner used to be a professional cyclist. Sunday, his 6-year-old will be in her first race.," 21 June 2019 In the meantime, though, those who want to know more about the way things are done should read the superseding Burke indictment and pay close attention to two other news stories. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants a book on the history of Chicago corruption. What would Ald. Edward Burke send her?," 5 June 2019 American poets of the 19th century wondered if they had been superseded by prose. Stephanie Burt, WSJ, "There’s a Poem for Every Reader," 8 June 2019 Justices ruled 4-1 that a 1937 law delineating rights for hourly workers—but deliberately excluding farmworkers—was superseded by a 1938 amendment to the state Constitution. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Court Rules Farmworkers Can Unionize," 23 May 2019 This may require superseding current WTO rules, and that is best accomplished with a united front that includes the world’s other major trading powers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Missing China Trade Strategy," 18 Sep. 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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