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superseded; superseding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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word.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 Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
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Recent Examples on the Web An O’Malley spokesman said the office’s capital review committee will review the case and determine whether to file a superseding indictment that would make Harris eligible to face the death penalty if he is found guilty. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Prosecutor weighs seeking of death penalty in Cleveland triple shooting," 13 Nov. 2019 The superseding indictment does not allege any new criminal behavior and is based on the same scheme prosecutors alleged in March. Claire Colbert, CNN, "Lori Loughlin and husband plead not guilty to bribery charge in college admissions scam," 1 Nov. 2019 The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege that the 11 defendants conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission. NBC News, "Actress Lori Loughlin facing additional charges in college admissions scandal," 22 Oct. 2019 Drug distribution company owner Edvin Ovasapyan, 41; associates Hakob Kojoyan, 27, and Lorik Papyan, 36; and attorney Stephen Silverman, 77, were charged in a superseding indictment that was returned on Sept. 5 and unsealed Sept. 10. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Four men charged in S.F. court with a scheme to sell black-market HIV drugs," 19 Sep. 2019 People that would even go as far as not rely on the Constitution but even use international law to justify their activist decisions, superseding our own Constitution. Fox News, "Sekulow: Kavanaugh will be a brilliant Supreme Court justice," 10 July 2018 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

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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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The first known use of supersede was in 1654

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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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