Meaning of supersede in English:


Pronunciation /suːpəˈsiːd/

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[with object]
  • Take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use); supplant.

    ‘the older models of car have now been superseded’
    • ‘She commonly depicts family gatherings, people sitting around a table in a restaurant, folks frolicking at the beach, children playing and people traveling; groups supersede the individual.’
    • ‘Be careful to note in this clause that the will supersedes all previous wills, making them null and void.’
    • ‘When two agendas and artists clash or collaborate in this fashion, we habitually expect an outcome that is either victorious or successive, in the sense that one supersedes the other.’
    • ‘Occasionally the aesthetic focus supersedes function, elevating the piece to ‘uselessness.’’
    • ‘But with a fully realized character, the effect outlasts the reading, even supersedes it.’
    • ‘Is originality tantamount to our work, in a way that supersedes effectiveness?’
    • ‘As the failings of the suburb become manifest, the gated community supersedes it.’
    • ‘The Jekyllean doubling so familiar to horror, however, is again superseded by images of fusion, as in each bottled clone the human twin and the Alien twin have been unwittingly spliced by the scientists.’
    • ‘The original purpose of these images is forgotten, superseded by modern methods, just as many of the species are threatened or extinct - a lost paradise that can be interpreted on many levels.’
    • ‘To say that the digital age will supersede the analog age suggests a kind of technological determinism that begs the interesting questions that are larger than technology.’
    • ‘As feeling gradually develops, the screen space is made luminous by movements of the heart that slowly supersede the narrative drive of the film.’
    • ‘In the commercial world new technologies supersede the old.’
    • ‘And the wisdom of old age will supersede the passion of our youth.’
    • ‘If the formal flamboyance of his '60s films has been replaced by complexity and their humour superseded by an intensified sensitivity to beauty, it is only to be expected and welcomed.’
    • ‘At the same time the passion for collecting grew, and many nobles displayed their sumptuous collections in long galleries, which superseded the studioli of Renaissance collectors.’
    • ‘Electroplate superseded Sheffield Plate as the way to mass produce silver substitutes.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the rapper's voice - which is more irritating than a mosquito bite on the part of your back you can't scratch - supersedes any of the humour, while the rhymes are too basic to imbue the album with any redeeming content.’
    • ‘In this show of works from 2001, he could be seen moving in a few different directions, but one major tendency dominated: fantasy now supersedes any interest in architectural reality.’
    • ‘This striking design supersedes the high fashion mantel, recently to have flooded the market, and provides a longer lasting, more sophisticated and timeless alternative.’
    • ‘Her photos communicate an openness to interpretation that supersedes the occasional temporal markers of bell-bottom pants or early punk hairdos.’
    replace, supplant, take the place of, take over from, substitute for, displace, oust, overthrow, remove, unseat, override
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The standard spelling is supersede rather than supercede. The word is derived from the Latin verb supersedere but has been influenced by the presence of other words in English spelled with a c, such as intercede and accede. The c spelling is recorded as early as the 16th century; although still generally regarded as incorrect, it is now entered without comment in some modern dictionaries


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘postpone, defer’): from Old French superseder, from Latin supersedere ‘be superior to’, from super- ‘above’ + sedere ‘sit’. The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.