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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb supersede:


Supersede (to relace, especially to displace as inferior or antiquated) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun supersede

What does supersede mean as a name of something?


  1. [internet] An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.

Definition of the verb supersede

What does supersede mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: superseded | superseding | supersedes

  1. take the place or move into the position of

Alternative definition of the verb supersede


  1. [transitive] Set (something) aside.
  2. [transitive] Take the place of.
  3. [transitive] Displace in favour of another.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for supersede

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Google previewBiproportional Matrices & Input-output Change (1970)

by Michael Bacharach

The operational model which has been in general use and which the biproportional model claims to supersede is the classical fixed-coefficients model in which input-output coefficients are assumed to be constant through time, supplemented ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)


Google previewA Shi'ite Encyclopedia (2014)

by Ahlulbayt Organization

Reference: alDurr alManthoor by alHafidh Jalaluddin alSuyuti, v2, p38 It follows that just as it is unlawful to seek to be superior to the Prophet, similarly it is unlawful to supersede 'Ali (who is the "self”of the Prophet according to the words of ...

Google previewNational Community Services Data Dictionary, version 7: 2012

It is based on the standards prepared by Standards Australia Subcommittee IT- 027-01, Personal and Corporate DataRepresentation and Management, for Committee IT-027, Data Management and Interchange to supersede Australian ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

supersede. A. Spelling. This word — from the Latin root -sed " to sit," not -ced "to move" — is the proper spelling. But so many other English words end in -cede or -ceed that many writers unconsciously distort the spelling of ...

Google previewA New Law Dictionary and Glossary (1850)

Containing Full Definitions of the Principal Terms of the Common and Civil Law : Together with Translations and Explanations of the Various Technical Phrases in Different Languages, Occurring in the Ancient and Modern Reports, and Standard Treatises, Embracing Also All the Principal Common and Civil Law Maxims : Compiled on the Basis of Spelman's Glossary, and Adapted to the Jurisprudence of the United States : with Copious Illustrations, Critical and Historical by Alexander Mansfield Burrill

SUPERSEDE. [Lat. supersedere, from super, above, and sedere, to sit.] Literally, to set above ; to make void or inoperative by a superior authority. To stay, suspend or discharge some judicial proceeding, by another proceeding of higher ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

supersede. combustion engine by raising the pressure of the fuel and air supplied to it. supercilious adj. behaving in a way that shows you think you are better than other people. – origin Latin superciliosus 'haughty'. supercomputer n. a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

SUPERSEDE, v.) Fr. superscder ; It. soprasse- Superse'deas.

Google previewA New Law Dictionary (1847)

Containing Explanations of Such Technical Terms and Phrases as Occur in the Works of Legal Authors, in the Practice of the Courts, and in the Parliamentary Proceedings of the Houses of Lords and Commons; to which is Added an Outline of an Action at Law and of a Suit in Equity by Henry James Holthouse

Supersede. vices -—See tits. Committee of Sup' SUPPLEMENTAL BILL. In a suit ply and Committee of Ways and in chancery it frequently happens that new matter has arisen or is dis;lleans. _ SUPPOSITITIOUS Bin'rii. See tit. covered since ...

Google previewLinux Dictionary

by Binh Nguyen

forthcoming tools are: − a platform investigation and project reconfiguration tool to supersede autoconf. − a dependency management and program reconstruction tool to to supersede make. − an issue tracking system to supersede ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

Superstitions 321 tle in California mostly centers on jurisdiction, whether the state's gun laws supercede [read supersede] those enacted locally" (Boston Globe). See spelling (a). B. Misused for surpass or beat. Sportswriters have begun using ...

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Quotes about supersede

For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook. (Quentin Crisp)
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Scrabble value of S1U1P3E1R1S1E1D2E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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