[ pri-see-ding ]
/ prɪˈsi dɪŋ /


that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page.

Nearby words

  1. precedence,
  2. precedency,
  3. precedent,
  4. precedented,
  5. precedential,
  6. precent,
  7. precentor,
  8. precentral area,
  9. precentral cerebellar vein,
  10. precentral gyrus

Origin of preceding

First recorded in 1485–95; precede + -ing2


[ pri-seed ]
/ prɪˈsid /

verb (used with object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.

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

1325–75; Middle English preceden < Latin praecēdere. See pre-, cede

Related formspre·ced·a·ble, adjectiveun·pre·ced·ed, adjective

Can be confusedprecede proceed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for preceding


/ (prɪˈsiːdɪŋ) /


(prenominal) going or coming before; former


/ (prɪˈsiːd) /


to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
(tr) to preface or introduce

Word Origin for precede

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

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Word Origin and History for preceding



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.

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