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verb (used with object), an·te·ced·ed, an·te·ced·ing.
  1. to go before, in time, order, rank, etc.; precede: Shakespeare antecedes Milton.

Origin of antecede

First recorded in 1615–25, antecede is from the Latin word antecēdere to go before, precede, excel, surpass. See ante-, cede Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of antecede

  • We know of a certainty, however, that the patron saints of individuals did not antecede those of the Church itself.

British Dictionary definitions for antecede


  1. (tr) to go before, as in time, order, etc; precede

Word Origin for antecede

C17: from Latin antecēdere, from cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for antecede

early 15c., from Latin antecedere "to go before" (see antecedent). Related: Anteceded; anteceding.

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