verb (used with object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
Examples from the Web for precede
He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, there are delicate negotiations that precede such an event.
We see it as an appetizer that could precede a glorious banquet.
To speak thus is to busy ourselves with things that precede generation.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
Again, in almost all instances there are a number of preliminary shocks that precede the great earthquake shock.The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes|Edwin J. Houston
And he walked across the sitting-room to hold the door open for his mother and her guest to precede him.The Disturbing Charm|Berta Ruck
Again, at the door of Room 18, he punctiliously allowed her to precede him.Little Aliens|Myra Kelly
Sometimes, however, it is expedient to precede the topic sentence by one or more sentences of introduction or transition.The Elements of Style|William Strunk