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Supersede vs. Precede — What's the Difference?

Supersede vs. Precede — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Supersede and Precede

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Supersede

Take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use); supplant
The older models of car have now been superseded
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Precede

To come, exist, or occur before in time
A lecture preceded the movie.
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Supersede

To take the place of; replace or supplant
"[Dean] Acheson's conversion, that military force should supersede diplomatic response as the core of U.S. foreign policy, would reverberate across generations" (James Carroll).
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Precede

To be in front of or prior to in order
A precedes B in the alphabet.
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Supersede

To take the place of (a person), as in an office or position; succeed.
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Precede

To go in advance of
A marching band preceded the float.
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Supersede

(transitive) To take the place of.
Those older products have been superseded by our new range.
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Precede

To preface; introduce
Preceded her lecture with a funny anecdote.
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Supersede

(transitive) To displace in favour of itself.
Modern US culture has superseded the native forms.
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Precede

To be before in time, order, or position.
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Supersede

(Internet) An updated newsgroup post that supersedes an earlier version.
Rogue cancels and supersedes are being issued on a large scale against posters.
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Precede

(transitive) To go before, go in front of.
Cultural genocide precedes physical genocide.
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Supersede

To come, or be placed, in the room of; to replace.
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Precede

(transitive) To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce.
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Supersede

To displace, or set aside, and put another in place of; as, to supersede an officer.
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Precede

(transitive) To have higher rank than (someone or something else).
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Supersede

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.
Nothing is supposed that can supersede the known laws of natural motion.
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Precede

Brief editorial preface (usually to an article or essay)
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Supersede

To omit; to forbear.
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Precede

To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything.
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Supersede

Take the place or move into the position of;
Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left
The computer has supplanted the slide rule
Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school
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Precede

To go before in place, rank, or importance.
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Precede

To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; - used with by or with before the instrumental object.
It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration.
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Precede

Be earlier in time; go back further;
Stone tools precede bronze tools
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Precede

Come before;
Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify
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Precede

Be the predecessor of;
Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands
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Precede

Move ahead (of others) in time or space
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Precede

Furnish with a preface or introduction;
She always precedes her lectures with a joke
He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution
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