Supercede is a fancy-sounding word for a simple concept: if someone cuts you in line, he supercedes you. To supercede is to take something or someone's place.

To supercede is to take someone else's position. A basketball team that moves into first places supercedes the team that was in first place before. Also, non-physical things can supercede each other — one law could supercede another. Supercede is considered a variant spelling of supersede, the more common way to spell this verb.

Definitions of supercede

v take the place or move into the position of

replace, supersede, supervene upon, supplant
substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)
put back, replace
put something back where it belongs
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deputise, deputize, step in, substitute
act as a substitute
displace, preempt
take the place of or have precedence over
take the place of
remove and replace
help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities
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come after, follow, succeed
be the successor (of)

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