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supersede (ˌsuːpəˈsiːd Pronunciation for supersede


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 Pronunciation for supersedure  noun
supersession (ˌsuːpəˈsɛʃən Pronunciation for supersession  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  • British English: supersede If something is superseded by something newer, it is replaced because it has become old-fashioned or unacceptable. VERBHand tools are relics of the past that have now been superseded by the machine.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

Example Sentences Including 'supersede'

Either "sales could boom - or someone else's technology could supersede this software".
New Zealand Herald (2004)
Madness follows, and the birth of a son who will supersede him.
Matthews, Caitlin & Matthews, John Hallowquest - tarot magic and the Arthurian mysteries
One group mustn't rub the other the wrong way, or presume to supersede the other's knowledge or skills.
Business Today (2002)
Perhaps another talk might be about to supersede it - the net talk.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The introduction will not supersede Nintendo's GameBoy Advance or GameCube line.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
The war on deprivation must supersede , for a time at least, the war on terror.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)


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