What does supersede mean?

Definitions for supersedeˌsu pərˈsid

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word supersede.

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    Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.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

  5. Origin: [L. supersedere, supersessum, to sit above, be superior to, forbear, omit; super above + sedere to sit: cf. F. supersder. See Sit, and cf. Surcease.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Supersede

    sū-pėr-sēd′, v.t. to take the place of another by reason of superior right, power, &c.: to make useless by superior power: to come in the room of, to replace: to displace, set aside, render unnecessary.—ns. Supersē′deas, a writ to stay proceedings, or to suspend the powers of an officer in certain cases; Supersē′dence, Supersē′dure, Superses′sion, a setting aside, the act of superseding; Supersedē′re (Scots law), a private agreement among creditors, under a trust-deed, to supersede or sist diligence for a certain period: an order of court granting protection to a debtor. [L. super, above, sedēre, sessum, to sit.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supersede in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supersede in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Republican Governor Phil Bryant:

    I don't believe the Mississippi Legislature will act to supersede the will of the people on this issue.

  2. Roderick L. Evans:

    If we are to experience true worship, our love for God has to supersede our love of anyone and anything else.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A woman who goes against a man for the protection of her selfishness can supersede to the wickedness of seven devils or ten demons.

  4. Grant Wolf:

    YAF will continue to work to ensure that the new policy, which will supersede the previous policy language regarding coercion and harassment, reflects the terms of the agreement reached and effectively protects the freedom of expression.

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Translations for supersede

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • reemplaçar, substituirCatalan, Valencian
  • ersetzen, verdrängen, aufheben, ablösenGerman
  • suplantar, substituir, sobreseído, sustituirSpanish
  • korvataFinnish
  • supplanterFrench
  • helyettesít, érvénytelenít, kiszorítHungarian
  • avløseNorwegian
  • zastąpić, odłożyć, zamienić, unieważnićPolish
  • substituir, sobrepor, suplantarPortuguese
  • смещать, замещать, вытеснятьRussian
  • ersätta, tränga undan, avlysa, avskaffaSwedish
  • ayağını kaydırmak, yürürlükten kaldırmak, yerine geçmek, ilgâ etmekTurkish
  • 取而代之Chinese

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