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precede

[pri-seed] /prɪˈsid/
verb (used with object), preceded, preceding.
1.
to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
2.
to introduce by something preliminary; preface:
to precede one's statement with a qualification.
verb (used without object), preceded, preceding.
3.
to go or come before.
noun
4.
Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
Origin of precede
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English preceden < Latin praecēdere. See pre-, cede
Related forms
precedable, adjective
unpreceded, adjective
Can be confused
precede, proceed.
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  • At the rear of the house she shook off his arm and preceded him around the building.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Nor did the service of praise which preceded the election induce a milder spirit.

  • Two of these men walked abreast, the other preceded them a few steps.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • His fame had preceded him, and he became the lion of society.

  • At this very moment the soldiers, preceded by a magistrate, entered the room.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for preceded

precede

/prɪˈsiːd/
verb
1.
to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
2.
(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 preceded

precede

v.

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.

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