- 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
Related Words for precededpredate, foreshadow, anticipate, presage, head, harbinger, lead, pioneer, time, introduce, herald, pace, scout, usher, rank, preface, antedate, guide, antecede, outrank
Examples from the Web for preceded
Contemporary Examples of preceded
Newman asked the audience, referring to a comedy troupe that preceded Newman.NYPD Heckles Comedian During Arrest (NSFW)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 14, 2014
Like other great pioneers, she took to heart what she had learned from the finest of those who preceded her.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
In reality, what preceded many of the clashes is difficult to tell.The Communist Agitators Trying to Ignite Ferguson
August 23, 2014
What were the significant records, memoirs, and other reveals that preceded this book?Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image?
August 6, 2014
In Washington, the conversation about impeachment is preceded by a conversation about a conversation about impeachment.Don’t Be Fooled: The GOP Wants Impeachment
August 1, 2014
Historical Examples of preceded
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.Quaint Courtships
Two of these men walked abreast, the other preceded them a few steps.Night and Morning, Complete
His fame had preceded him, and he became the lion of society.Heroes of the Telegraph
At this very moment the soldiers, preceded by a magistrate, entered the room.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
- to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
- (tr) to preface or introduce
Word Origin for precede
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.