from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take the place of; replace.
- transitive v. To cause to be set aside, especially to displace as inferior or antiquated. See Synonyms at replace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Set (something) aside.
- v. Take the place of.
- v. Displace in favour of another.
- n. An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To come, or be placed, in the room of; to replace.
- transitive v. To displace, or set aside, and put another in place of.
- transitive v. To make void, inefficacious, or useless, by superior power, or by coming in the place of; to set aside; to render unnecessary; to suspend; to stay.
- transitive v. To omit; to forbear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make void, inefficacious, or useless by superior power, or by coming in the place of; set aside; render unnecessary; suspend; stay.
- To be placed in or take the room of; displace; supplant; replace: as, an officer superseded by another.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take the place or move into the position of
Since when does the Greek origin of the word supersede the English meaning?
I know Rich doesn't understand the word "supersede" but that doesn't mean anything to me.
People who can spell "supersede" correctly are few and far between.
Or you could keep the sense of the word in context, giving up on the basic-vocabulary aspect; you could, for instance, render it "supersede," which I think conveys the meaning well enough.
The word "supersede," however, continued to cause offense.
The dissent will "supersede" the preliminary paper that came out last month, Hennessey said on his blog.
President Pratibha Patil this morning gave her assent to an ordinance pencilled by the Union health ministry to "supersede" the existing council and establish a new board of governors, a senior government official said
Congress Waxman told Bloomberg TV at the weekend that draft legislation being debated this week by a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee would "supersede" EPA regulation.
By creating historical and social linkage through this sacrificial ritual, circumcision functions to supersede and transcend our most primary maternal and biological system of relationship making patrilineal and patriarchal hierarchy appear "natural and inevitable," as Nancy Jay notes in her brilliant book, Throughout Your Generations Forever.