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[pri-seed] /prɪˈsid/
verb (used with object), preceded, preceding.
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), preceded, preceding.
to go or come before.
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 < Latin praecēdere. See pre-, cede
Related forms
precedable, adjective
unpreceded, adjective
Can be confused
precede, proceed. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for precede
  • Yawns can precede stressful situations.
  • This move would have to precede any further action by the Senate, like a vote.
  • Researchers studying 58 hurricanes found that an increase in lightning tended to precede the strongest winds by a day.
  • Certain signs precede certain events.
  • The women's title game will precede the men's championship game on March 12.
  • The article “a” usually doesn't precede a plural subject or object.
  • Even some of the quadrupedal tracks show signs of short front limbs—an adaptation that can precede a more upright posture.
  • Be that the case, they should precede the article with an editorial disclaimer.
  • The militants may have been tipped by leaks or by the visible movements of troops and machinery that precede any operation.
  • It did not say when it would be released, but such ads usually precede the actual message by one to three days.
British Dictionary definitions for precede


to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
(transitive) to preface or introduce
Word Origin
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 precede

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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