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verb (used with object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
  1. to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
  2. to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.
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verb (used without object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
  1. to go or come before.
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  1. Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
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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
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Historical Examples of unpreceded

  • An Arctic night—unpreceded by twilight—fell, and there dawned the sabbath of the witches.

    The Big Bow Mystery

    I. Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for unpreceded


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



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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