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superseded; superseding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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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 Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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One of the vendors also agreed to give an associate working for Correia profits from future marijuana sales, according to a superseding indictment filed Friday. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Massachusetts mayor arrested for extorting marijuana vendors for 6-figure bribes," 6 Sep. 2019 Three months later, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office went back to the grand jury and obtained a superseding indictment charging Elko with felonious assault on a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Jury convicts Olmsted Falls woman of resisting arrest, rejects felony charge of assaulting police officer who skinned his knee when he tackled her," 6 Sep. 2019 Bowers has been indicted on 63 federal charges, including hate crime charges, according to a superseding indictment issued in January 2019. Amir Vera, CNN, "Justice Department to seek death penalty against Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect," 26 Aug. 2019 Gullett, along with 53 other suspects, was hit with a superseding indictment in February, and faces eight charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm, distribution of methamphetamine and attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Kayla Epstein, Washington Post, "The leader of a meth-dealing white supremacist gang escaped from jail with the dummy-in-the-bed trick," 2 Aug. 2019 According to the new, superseding indictment, Beck served as the chief financial officer of Georgia Arson Control Program Inc. James Salzer, ajc, "Feds release new charges against suspended Georgia commissioner Beck," 14 Aug. 2019 Jason Schiff, 40, of Lincolnwood, is charged with three counts of bank fraud, according to a superseding indictment returned July 24 in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the FBI said in a release on Tuesday. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Lincolnwood man, two others charged with fraud to obtain millions of dollars in mortgage loans," 1 Aug. 2019 Shelton was additionally charged with possession of a firearm and possessing contraband in prison, according to a superseding indictment. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Son of alleged mobster charged in McDonald's drive-thru hit on father," 18 June 2019 Amanda Busch was named in February in a superseding indictment. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-Findlay Market vendors guilty in $3 million food stamp fraud case," 16 May 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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