Definitions for supersedeˌsu pərˈsid

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

su•per•sedeˌsu pərˈsid(v.t.)-sed•ed, -sed•ing.

  1. to replace in power, authority, effectiveness, acceptance, use, etc., as by another person or thing.

  2. to set aside or cause to be set aside as void, useless, or obsolete, usu. in favor of something mentioned; make obsolete.

  3. to succeed to the position, function, office, etc., of; supplant.

Origin of supersede:

1485–95; < L supersedēre to sit on top, refrain =super-super - +sedēre to sit


Princeton's WordNet

  1. supplant, replace, supersede, supervene upon, supercede(verb)

    take the place or move into the position of

    "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"


  1. supersede(Noun)

    An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.

    Rogue cancels and supersedes are being issued on a large scale against posters.

  2. supersede(Verb)

    Set (something) aside.

  3. supersede(Verb)

    Take the place of.

    No one could supersede his sister.

  4. supersede(Verb)

    Displace in favour of another.

    Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.

  5. Origin: From superseder, from supersedeo, from super + sedeo. The meaning “to replace” is from 1642, probably by association with unrelated precede – note that ‘c’ instead of ‘s’ (from cedere, not sedere). As a result, supercede is a common misspelling – see therein for further discussion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supersede(verb)

    to come, or be placed, in the room of; to replace

  2. Supersede(verb)

    to displace, or set aside, and put another in place of; as, to supersede an officer

  3. Supersede(verb)

    to make void, inefficacious, or useless, by superior power, or by coming in the place of; to set aside; to render unnecessary; to suspend; to stay

  4. Supersede(verb)

    to omit; to forbear


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