supersede

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 yield), not sedere (to sit)). As a result, supercede is a common misspelling – see therein for further discussion. Doublet of surcease.

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supersede (third-person singular simple present supersedes, present participle superseding, simple past and past participle superseded)

  1. (transitive) To take the place of.
    Those older products have been superseded by our new range.
  2. (transitive) To displace in favour of itself.
    Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.
  3. (transitive) To set (something) aside. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Usage notes[edit]

Supersede is the only English word ending in -sede. Similar words include four ending in -ceed, and several ending in cede. Because of this, supercede is a common misspelling of this word.

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Noun[edit]

supersede (plural supersedes)

  1. (Internet) An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.
    Rogue cancels and supersedes are being issued on a large scale against posters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ supersede” in TheFreeDictionary.com, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.: Farlex, Inc., 2003–2018.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

supersedē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of supersedeō