[ soo-per-an-yoo-eyt ]
/ ˌsu pərˈæn yuˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.

to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity.
to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.

verb (used without object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.

to be or become old, out of date, or retired.

Nearby words

  1. superagency,
  2. superalimentation,
  3. superalloy,
  4. superaltar,
  5. superaltern,
  6. superannuated,
  7. superannuation,
  8. superb,
  9. superb blue wren,
  10. superbaby

Origin of superannuate

First recorded in 1640–50; back formation from superannuated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for superannuate

  • A superannuate is one who has become impaired or disabled by length of years.

    Orthography|Elmer W. Cavins
  • Nothing can superannuate its charm, nothing can quench its fascination.

  • He was as ready to offer compensation as we ourselves are when we superannuate a clerk or suppress an office.

  • But no time can superannuate the subjects which Burns has sung; they are rooted in the primary strata, which are steadfast.

    Robert Burns|Principal Shairp.

British Dictionary definitions for superannuate


/ (ˌsuːpərˈænjʊˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to pension off
to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for superannuate



1640s, back-formation from superannuated. Related: Superannuating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper