supersede su‧per‧sede [ˌsuːpəˈsiːd ǁ -pər-] verb [transitive]
1. if a law, instruction, rule etc supersedes another, it takes its place:

• The agreement supersedes a similar contract made five years ago.

• The court ruled that the law was superseded by a 1985 statute.

2. if a product, method, or idea supersedes another one, it is used instead of the old product or idea because it is more modern, effective etc:

• This model has recently been superseded by a newer version made of recycled polyethylene.

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supersede UK US /ˌsuːpəˈsiːd/ verb [T]
if a law, rule, agreement, etc. supersedes another, it replaces it: »

The newly signed deal supersedes the current contract and runs to the end of 2012.

be superseded by sth »

It is important to ascertain that the documents in your possession have not been superseded by new laws.

supersede a law/regulation/sb's authority »

If the Bill is passed, it will supersede the Fed's authority.

if a process, system, or product supersedes another, it replaces it because it is more modern or becomes more popular: »

The internet seems to have superseded every mode of communication ever invented!

be superseded by sth »

Phones using 2.5G technology were superseded by third-generation (3G) phones.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • supersede — su·per·sede /ˌsü pər sēd/ vt sed·ed, sed·ing 1: to subject to postponement or suspension; esp: to suspend the operation of (a judgment or order) by means of a supersedeas 2: to take the place of in authority: preempt override 3: to take the place …   Law 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 & p. p. {Superseded}; p. pr.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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supersede — ► VERB ▪ take the place of; supplant. USAGE The standard spelling is supersede rather than supercede. ORIGIN Latin supersedere be superior to …   English terms dictionary

  • supersede — mid 15c., Scottish, postpone, defer, from M.Fr. superceder desist, delay, defer, from L. supersedere sit on top of, stay clear of, abstain from, forbear, refrain from, from super above (see SUPER (Cf. super )) + sedere to sit (see SEDENTARY (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • supersede — *replace, displace, supplant Analogous words: repudiate, spurn, reject (see DECLINE vb): *abandon, desert, forsake: stay, suspend, intermit (see DEFER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • supersede — is the correct spelling for the verb meaning ‘to take the place of’. It is derived from the Latin word sedeo ‘sit’, but the influence of accede, intercede, precede, and others (derived from Latin cedo ‘go’) often mistakenly causes this word to be …   Modern English usage

  • supersede — [v] take the place of; override abandon, annul, desert, discard, displace, forsake, oust, outmode, outplace, overrule, reject, remove, replace, repudiate, set aside, succeed, supplant, supplement, suspend, take over, usurp; concepts 128,141 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • supersedé — Supersedé, [supersed]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • supersede — [so͞o΄pərsēd′] vt. superseded, superseding [MFr superseder, to leave off, give over < L supersedere, lit., to sit over, preside over, forbear: see SUPER & SIT] 1. to cause to be set aside or dropped from use as inferior or obsolete and… …   English World dictionary

  • Supersede — Das Verb superseden (aus dem Englischen to supersede = ersetzen) bezeichnet im Usenet das Versenden einer durch Software automatisch auswertbaren Empfehlung, einen Usenetartikel durch einen neueren zu überschreiben. Dabei wird ein normales… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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