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[pri-seed] /prɪˈsid/
verb (used with object), preceded, preceding.
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.
verb (used without object), preceded, preceding.
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
1325-75; Middle English preceden < Latin praecēdere. See pre-, cede
Related forms
precedable, adjective
unpreceded, adjective
Can be confused
precede, proceed. Unabridged
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  • 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.

  • All the petitions which precede it are included in this last one.

  • 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
  • How calm a moment may precede One that shall thrill the world for ever!

  • Several months have passed since the chapters which precede this were written.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for precede


to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
(transitive) to preface or introduce
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin praecēdere to go before, from prae before + cēdere to move
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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