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superannuate

[soo-per-an-yoo-eyt]
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verb (used with object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.
  1. to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity.
  2. to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.
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verb (used without object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.
  1. to be or become old, out of date, or retired.
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Origin of superannuate

First recorded in 1640–50; back formation from superannuated
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Related Words for superannuate

date, depart, ebb, remove, go, revoke, repeal, secede, exit, separate, resign, part, decamp, surrender, retreat, rescind, relinquish, recede, yield, pension

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.

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


British Dictionary definitions for superannuate

superannuate

verb (tr)
  1. to pension off
  2. to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
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Word Origin and History for superannuate

v.

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

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