Definition of supersede
1a : to cause to be set asideb : to force out of use as inferior
2 : to take the place or position of
3 : to displace in favor of another
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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
Origin and Etymology of supersede
Middle English (Scots) superceden to defer, from Medieval French superceder, from Latin supersedēre to sit on top, refrain from, from super- + sedēre to sit — more at sit
First Known Use: 1654
Synonym Discussion of supersede
SUPERSEDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of supersede for English Language Learners
: to take the place of (someone or something that is old, no longer useful, etc.) : to replace (someone or something)
SUPERSEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of supersede for Students
: to take the place or position of <These instructions supersede those you received earlier.>
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