- that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page.
Origin of preceding
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- 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 preceding
For weeks preceding the bash, Hitch refuses to have anything to do with it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
But there is always a preceding generation, or an idealized time in our personal histories.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
Think about that for a second if after the preceding paragraph you remain convinced of the infallibility of our system.For Ricky Jackson, a Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late
November 26, 2014
McEwan novels often have formally dazzling conclusions that recast the meaning of the preceding story.Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
Of the teams in the quarterfinals, Colombia had had only 20 shots on goal in the preceding stages.Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game
July 4, 2014
He had proved this by approaching the cabin of the trapper on the preceding night.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
She swung about quickly, preceding him to the door and down the stairs.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
But the circumstances of the preceding day had made an essential alteration in the case.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
While his hands were busy, his mind was occupied with the conversation of the preceding evening.The Field of Ice
The weather was again superb after the storms of the two preceding nights.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (prenominal) going or coming before; former
- to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
- (tr) to preface or introduce
Word Origin and History for preceding
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.