EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing. to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time. to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification. verb (used without object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing. noun . Journalism copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks. Origin of precede 1325–75; Middle English preceden
cede Related forms pre·ced·a·ble, adjective un·pre·ced·ed, adjective
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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 v.
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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