- Supersede is defined as to replace.
An example of supersede is for a new person to take the place of the old class president.
transitive verbsuperseded, superseding
- to cause to be set aside or dropped from use as inferior or obsolete and replaced by something else
- to take the place of in office, function, etc.; succeed
- to remove or cause to be removed so as to make way for another; supplant
Origin of supersedeMiddle French superseder, to leave off, give over ; from Classical Latin supersedere, literally , to sit over, preside over, forbear: see super- and amp; sit
transitive verbsu·per·sed·ed, su·per·sed·ing, su·per·sedes or su·per·ced·ed or su·per·ced·ing or su·per·cedes
- To take the place of; replace or supplant: “[Dean] Acheson's conversion, that military force should supersede diplomatic response as the core of U.S. foreign policy, would reverberate across generations” (James Carroll).
- To take the place of (a person), as in an office or position; succeed. See Synonyms at replace.
Origin of supersedeLate Middle English (Scottish) superceden, to postpone, defer, from Old French superceder, from Latin supersedēre, to sit on top of, abstain from : super-, super- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
- su′per·sed′er, su′per·ced′er
- su′per·ses′sion, su′per·ces′sion
(third-person singular simple present supersedes, present participle superseding, simple past and past participle superseded)
- Set (something) aside.
- Take the place of.
- No one could supersede his sister.
- Displace in favour of another.
- Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.
Supersede is the only English word ending in sede. Similar words include four ending in ceed, and several ending in cede (apart from seed). Because of this, supercede is a common misspelling of this word.
From Middle French superseder (“postpone, defer”), from Latin supersedere, from super (“over”) + sedere (“to sit”). The meaning “to replace” is from 1642, probably by association with unrelated precede – note that ‘c’ instead of ‘s’ (from cedere (“to go”), not sedere (“to sit”)). As a result, supercede is a common misspelling – see therein for further discussion.