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[soo-per-im-pohz] /ˌsu pər ɪmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), superimposed, superimposing.
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
1785-95; super- + impose
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[soo-per-im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌsu pərˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
superimposable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for superimpose
  • Simply click on the menu bar and the options will superimpose over your editing window.
  • You'll need some imagination to superimpose new architecture over the ghostly, graffiti-covered warehouses.
  • Later, they'll superimpose the images to identify inconsistencies, which they'll remove to produce a more accurate rendering.
  • So, when you superimpose them on top of each other, they have to make a lattice mismatch and that causes straying.
  • Display maps of data and superimpose maps to view combinations of data.
  • Never superimpose one filter paper on another before thoroughly drying.
  • By following a measured grid pattern, the company hoped to superimpose the images into a plan view of the pattern tile.
British Dictionary definitions for superimpose


verb (transitive)
to set or place on or over something else
usually foll by on or upon. to add (to)
Derived Forms
superimposition, noun
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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.

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