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supersede (ˌsuːpəˈsiːd


verb (transitive)

  1. to take the place of (something old-fashioned or less appropriate); supplant
  2. to replace in function, office, etc; succeed
  3. to discard or set aside or cause to be set aside as obsolete or inferior

Derived Forms

ˌsuperˈsedable  adjective
ˌsuperˈsedence  noun
ˌsuperˈseder  noun
supersedure (ˌsuːpəˈsiːdʒə   noun
supersession (ˌsuːpəˈsɛʃən   noun

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin supersedēre to sit above, from super- + sedēre to sit


View thesaurus entry
= replace, displace, usurp, supplant, remove, take over, oust, take the place of, fill or step into (someone's) boots
= set aside, overrule, annul

Translations for 'supersede'

  • British English: supersede If something is superseded by something newer, it is replaced because it has become old-fashioned or unacceptable. VERBHand tools are relics of the past that have now been superseded by the machine.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: suplantar
  • Chinese: 取代
  • European Spanish: suplantar
  • French: remplacer
  • German: ablösen
  • Italian: sostituire
  • Japanese: 取って代わる
  • Korean: 대체되다
  • Portuguese: suplantar
  • Spanish: suplantar


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