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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.
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Origin of antecede

First recorded in 1615–25, antecede is from the Latin word antecēdere to go before, precede, excel, surpass. See ante-, cede
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Related Words for antecede

predate, foreshadow, anticipate, presage, stand, outrank, head, harbinger, lead, pioneer, time, introduce, herald, pace, scout, usher, rank, preface, antedate, guide

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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.

    Elements of Folk Psychology

    Wilhelm Wundt

British Dictionary definitions for antecede


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