From Middle French superseder (“postpone, defer”), from Latin supersedēre, from super (“over”) + sedēre (“to sit”). The meaning “to replace” is from 1642, probably by association with unrelated precede – note that c instead of s (from cēdere (“to yield”), not sedēre (“to sit”)). As a result, supercede is a common misspelling – see therein for further discussion. Doublet of surcease.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌsuːpəˈsiːd/
- (Canada, General American) IPA(key): /ˌsupɚˈsiːd/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -iːd
- (transitive) To take the place of.
- Those older products have been superseded by our new range.
- (transitive) To displace in favour of itself.
- Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.
Supersede is the only English word ending in -sede. Similar words include three ending in -ceed and several ending in -cede. Supercede is therefore a common misspelling of this word.
supersede (plural supersedes)
- (Internet) An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.
- Rogue cancels and supersedes are being issued on a large scale against posters.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /suˈper.se.deː/, [s̠ʊˈpɛrs̠ɛd̪eː]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /suˈper.se.de/, [suˈpɛrsɛd̪ɛ]