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Supersede definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SUPERSE'DE, v.t. [L. supersedeo; super and sedeo, to sit.]
1. Literally, to set above; hence, to make void, inefficacious or useless by superior power, or by coming in the place of; to set aside; to render unnecessary; to suspend. The use of artillery in making breaches in walls, has superseded the use of the battering ram. The effect of passion is to supersede the workings of reason.
Nothing is supposed that can supersede the known laws of natural motion.
2. To come or be placed in the room of; hence, to displace or render unnecessary; as, an officer is superseded by the appointment of another person.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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, supersede, supervene upon, supercede]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-seded; -seding) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) superceden to defer, from Middle French, from Latin supersed?re to sit on top, refrain from, from super- + sed?re to sit more at sit Date: 1654 1. a. to cause to be set aside b. to force out of use as inferior 2. to take the place, room, or position of 3. to displace in favor of another ; supplant Synonyms: see replace superseder noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 a adopt or appoint another person or thing in place of. b set aside; cease to employ. 2 (of a person or thing) take the place of. Derivatives: supersedence n. supersedure n. supersession n. Etymology: OF superseder f. L supersedere be superior to (as SUPER-, sedere sess- sit)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Supersede Su`per*sede", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Superseded; p. pr. & vb. n. Superseding.] [L. supersedere, supersessum, to sit above, be superior to, forbear, omit; super above + sedere to sit: cf. F. supers['e]der. See Sit, and cf. Surcease.] 1. To come, or be placed, in the room of; to replace. 2. To displace, or set aside, and put another in place of; as, to supersede an officer. 3. To make void, inefficacious, or useless, by superior power, or by coming in the place of; to set aside; to render unnecessary; to suspend; to stay. Nothing is supposed that can supersede the known laws of natural motion. --Bentley. 4. (Old Law) To omit; to forbear.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(supersedes, superseding, superseded) If something is superseded by something newer, it is replaced because it has become old-fashioned or unacceptable. Hand tools are relics of the past that have now been superseded by the machine. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed, also V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Suspend, annul, overrule, set aside, make void, obviate, neutralize. 2. Displace, replace, supplant, succeed, remove.

Moby Thesaurus

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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