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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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  • General Littlepage preceded the corpse, carrying a prayer-book.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The day wore slowly on, but it seemed just like twenty days which had preceded it.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • The back wash from the wave which broke against the wire was thinner than the wash that had preceded it.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • The sacrifice of death will only be offered when a life of sacrifice has preceded it.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Four books had preceded these, in which the texture of the verse was woven of old romance and legend.

British Dictionary definitions for preceded


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 preceded



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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