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Definition take the place of — especially replacing something old or inferior


to cause to be set aside
  • Engineers used slide rules before they were superseded by calculators.
superseded = replaced
  • No method nor discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • He grazed his cattle on these slopes, and he learned to dig for tin when the bronze sword began to supersede the stone axe.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The largest section of the Records Department, far larger than the one on which Winston worked, consisted simply of persons whose duty it was to track down and collect all copies of books, newspapers, and other documents which had been superseded and were due for destruction.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • superseded = replaced
  • Do you really believe your right to name me supersedes my right to have my own identity?
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • supersedes = causes to be set aside
  • Faction customs dictate even idle behavior and supersede individual preference.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • supersede = take the place of; or cause to be set aside
  • Helicopters are more used than they were formerly, bombing planes have been largely superseded by self-propelled projectiles, and the fragile movable battleship has given way to the almost unsinkable Floating Fortress; but otherwise there has been little development.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • superseded = replaced
  • This brief account of the family is intended to supersede the necessity of a long and minute detail...
    Austen, Jane  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Gutenberg's letters of lead are about to supersede Orpheus's letters of stone.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • Out of that vast tomb Christianity issued to supersede the Caesars.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • But what will you look like to the generations that will supersede you?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • When the time came for them to be superseded they had to pass away.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Levin could not make out why the opposition was to ask the marshal to stand whom they wanted to supersede.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Emotion supersedes professional decorum.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The woman was Izz Huett, whose interest in Tess's excursion immediately superseded her own proceedings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • The last in time, not yet superseded by anything else and still being accomplished by all who are inspired, is Christianity.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Queue was burning now, the orange-red flames superseding the blue glow.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • That was the most popular, soon superseded by Just looked up his picture.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • All human claims to the landscape were superseded, made null and void by the snow.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

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