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verb (used with object),pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
  1. to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.

  2. to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.

verb (used without object),pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
  1. to go or come before.

  1. Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.

Origin of precede

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English preceden, from Latin praecēdere; see pre-, cede

Other words from precede

  • pre·ced·a·ble, adjective

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How to use precede in a sentence

  • 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


/ (prɪˈsiːd) /

  1. to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc

  2. (tr) to preface or introduce

Origin of precede

C14: via Old French from Latin praecēdere to go before, from prae before + cēdere to move

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