[ soo-per-im-pohz ]
See synonyms for: superimposesuperimposed on

verb (used with object),su·per·im·posed, su·per·im·pos·ing.
  1. to impose, place, or set over, above, or on something else.

  2. to put or join as an addition (usually followed by on or upon).

  1. to display or print (an image or text) over another image so that both are visible at once: You can superimpose open captions on your videos with this free software.

Origin of superimpose

First recorded in 1785–95; super- + impose

Other words from superimpose

  • su·per·im·po·si·tion [soo-per-im-puh-zish-uhn], /ˌsu pərˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/, noun
  • su·per·im·pos·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby superimpose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use superimpose in a sentence

  • Structure in a novel is something you discover, not something you superimpose.

    Rick Moody: Why I Write | Rick Moody | February 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Just snap a picture with your iPhone, and this app will superimpose horns, tail, and Van Dyke on the beloved caucusing turncoat!

    Why Congress Needs an iPhone | Chris Regan | November 7, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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.

  • What new impressions would superimpose themselves upon the memories of the past—the memory of Hellayne?

    Under the Witches' Moon | Nathan Gallizier
  • Plotinus very properly said that the proper thing to do was to superimpose the idea upon the actual.

    West African studies | Mary Henrietta Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for superimpose


/ (ˌsuːpərɪmˈpəʊz) /

  1. to set or place on or over something else

  2. (usually foll by on or upon) to add (to)

Derived forms of superimpose

  • superimposition, noun

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