[ pri-sent ]
/ prɪˈsɛnt /

verb (used with object)

to lead as a precentor in singing.

verb (used without object)

to act as a precentor.

Origin of precent

First recorded in 1725–35; back formation from precentor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for precent

  • Factor those dividends in, and our loss still runs about 27 precent—more than six times the decline of the S&P 500.

    Our Crashing Portfolio|Duff McDonald|May 4, 2009|DAILY BEAST

Word Origin and History for precent



"to lead others in singing," 1732, from Latin praecantare "to sing before," or a back-formation from precentor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper