Definition 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.
- IPA: /suwpɹ̩ˈsijd/, IPA: /ˌsuːpəˈsiːd/
- Rhymes: -iːd
supersede (third-person singular simple present supersedes, present participle superseding, simple past and past participle superseded)
- (transitive) Set (something) aside.
- (transitive) Take the place of.
No one could supersede his sister.
- (transitive) 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Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.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.
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