- to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
- to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.
- to go or come before.
- Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
Origin of precede
Examples from the Web for precede
He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
Of course, there are delicate negotiations that precede such an event.Santorum's Anemic E-Mail Endorsement
May 8, 2012
We see it as an appetizer that could precede a glorious banquet.If Wall Street Repents, Can Main Street Forgive?
Jacki Zehner, Katharine Rhodes Henderson
November 21, 2009
She motioned to Dick to precede her, and he obeyed, like a man in a dream.Viviette
William J. Locke
This passage, I say, is inserted to explain the words of Moses which precede it.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
All the petitions which precede it are included in this last one.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
I opened the gate for him, but he stood aside, refusing to precede me.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
The sentences that precede that quoted by Sir Martin are Greek in tendency.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
- (tr) to preface or introduce
Word Origin and History for precede
early 15c., "lead the way; occur before," from Middle French preceder and directly from Latin praecedere "to go before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Meaning "to walk in front of" is late 15c.; that of "to go before in rank or importance" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.