verb (used with object), su·per·im·posed, su·per·im·pos·ing.

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
Related formssu·per·im·po·si·tion [soo-per-im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌsu pərˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/, nounsu·per·im·pos·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for superimpose

Contemporary Examples of superimpose

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

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    Rick Moody

    February 1, 2013

  • Just snap a picture with your iPhone, and this app will superimpose horns, tail, and Van Dyke on the beloved caucusing turncoat!

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    Chris Regan

    November 7, 2008

Historical Examples of superimpose

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for superimpose


verb (tr)

to set or place on or over something else
(usually foll by on or upon) to add (to)
Derived Formssuperimposition, noun
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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper