Supersede Definition

supercedes, superseded, supersedes, superseding
superseded, supersedes, superseding
To cause to be set aside or dropped from use as inferior or obsolete and replaced by something else.
Webster's New World
To remove or cause to be removed so as to make way for another; supplant.
Webster's New World
To take the place of in office, function, etc.; succeed.
Webster's New World

Displace in favour of another.

Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.

(Internet) An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.

Rogue cancels and supersedes are being issued on a large scale against posters.

Origin of Supersede

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Late 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 sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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