AskDefine | Define supersede

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supersede v : take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school" [syn: supplant, replace, supervene upon]

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From super, over + sedere, to sit, via superseder, originally in the meaning "postpone, defer" (as ). The meaning "to replace" is from 1642, probably by association with precede. Original sense: proelio supersedere statuit = he decided to delay battle — Julius Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallico, 2:8.


  1. Set (something) aside.
  2. Take the place of.
    No one could supersede his sister.
  3. Displace in favour of another.
    Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.


Set aside
Portuguese: sobrepor
Take the place of
Portuguese: substituir
Displace in favour of another
Portuguese: substituir

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, act for, change places with, crowd out, cut out, desert, discard, displace, double for, fill in for, forsake, ghost, ghostwrite, oust, pinch-hit, reject, relieve, replace, represent, repudiate, spell, spell off, stand in for, subrogate, substitute for, succeed, supplant, swap places with, understudy for
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