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precent

[pri-sent] /prɪˈsɛnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to lead as a precentor in singing.
verb (used without object)
2.
to act as a precentor.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; back formation from precentor
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precent

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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