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[soo-per-im-pohz] /ˌsu pər ɪmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), superimposed, superimposing.
to impose, place, or set over, above, or on something else.
to put or join as an addition (usually followed by on or upon).
Movies, Television. to print (an image) over another image so that both are seen at once:
The credits were superimposed over the opening scene.
Origin of superimpose
First recorded in 1785-95; super- + impose
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[soo-per-im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌsu pərˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
superimposable, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is a desire to superimpose my own will upon another person.

  • We give him the vowels in wood, painted red, and have him superimpose these upon the letters painted on the card.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • Plotinus very properly said that the proper thing to do was to superimpose the idea upon the actual.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • She has an excellent actual in the West African native to superimpose her idea upon.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • If we superimpose or combine these two squares, we get the arrangement of Diagram 3, which is one solution.

    Amusements in Mathematics Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • For the latter it is only necessary to cut the long rectangle in half and superimpose the two halves.

  • The next step is to superimpose the little cards on the first chart of the tens series, having the resultant numbers read aloud.

British Dictionary definitions for superimpose


verb (transitive)
to set or place on or over something else
usually foll by on or upon. to add (to)
Derived Forms
superimposition, noun
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Word Origin and History for superimpose

1794, from superimposition (1680s), from Latin superimponere from super- (see super-) + imponere "to place upon," from in- "into" + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Related: Superimposed; superimposing.

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