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.
- pre·ced·a·ble, adjective
- precede , proceed
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How to use precede in a sentence
It is matched six months away by the festival of May Day and by the eve of Walpurgis Night which precedes it.
Sheldon becomes a professor, but no students sign up for his class because his reputation as being insufferable precedes him.
An aura is a warning symptom, or set of symptoms, that precedes an oncoming migraine.
“When you are as brazen and persistent and widespread as China, your reputation precedes you,” Chabinsky said.Were the Chinese the ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ Trying to Hack Me? | Eli Lake | February 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But FYMW precedes the entire movement that is, season after season, constantly growing and evolving.
The main incident should be more important than each incident that precedes it.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Certainty of meaning precedes frequency of use; and this necessary confidence 238 is gained from a study of the dictionary.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Several days passed away very quietly and uneventfully—the quiet that precedes the storm.They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
We are struck, however, with the similarity of this blessing to that which precedes it; nor is the similarity surprising.Separation and Service | James Hudson Taylor
Then came the home-sickness, which so often precedes dissolution.Art in England | Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for precede
to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
(tr) to preface or introduce
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