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.

1325–75; Middle English preceden < Latin praecēdere. See pre-, cede

precedable, adjective
unpreceded, adjective

precede, proceed. Unabridged
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precede (prɪˈsiːd)
1.  to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
2.  (tr) to preface or introduce
[C14: via Old French from Latin praecēdere to go before, from prae before + cēdere to move]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "to go before" in rank or importance, from M.Fr. preceder, from L. præcedere "to go before," from præ- "before" + cedere "to go" (see cede). Meaning "to walk in front of" is from 1520s; that of "to come before in time" is attested from 1530s. Related: Preceding.
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Example sentences
Public-college students will face tuition increases again this year, but not
  quite as large as those that preceded them.
They may have been preceded by quasars, which are mysterious, bright spots
  found at the centres of some galaxies.
In every case they looked at, overfishing by humans preceded ecosystem collapse.
The inevitable disappearance of information about any universe that preceded
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