- 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- to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.
- to be or become old, out of date, or retired.
Origin of superannuate
First recorded in 1640–50; back formation from superannuated
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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.The Bridling of Pegasus
But no time can superannuate the subjects which Burns has sung; they are rooted in the primary strata, which are steadfast.Robert Burns
He was as ready to offer compensation as we ourselves are when we superannuate a clerk or suppress an office.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- to pension off
- to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
Word Origin and History for superannuate
1640s, back-formation from superannuated. Related: Superannuating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper