We see it as an appetizer that could precede a glorious banquet.
Of course, there are delicate negotiations that precede such an event.
He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.
These three last he supposes to precede very shortly the death of Sokrates.
She motioned to Dick to precede her, and he obeyed, like a man in a dream.
It had been Sophie's last wish that the wedding should precede her funeral.
I opened the gate for him, but he stood aside, refusing to precede me.
The figure excites the thought rather of the new young life to come, than of the death which must precede it.
We will precede Ben on his visit to the house of Mr. Prescott.
How can a possible sensation, that is, an event which did not take place, precede one which does take place?
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.