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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
"to lead others in singing," 1732, from Latin praecantare "to sing before," or a back-formation from precentor.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper