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precent

[pri-sent]
verb (used with object)
  1. to lead as a precentor in singing.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to act as a precentor.
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Origin of precent

First recorded in 1725–35; back formation from precentor
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Word Origin and History for precent

v.

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

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