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

Contemporary Examples of precent

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

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    Duff McDonald

    May 4, 2009

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