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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.
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 preceded
  • 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 ours.
  • Specifically, an inverted yield curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions.
  • The gusty winds that preceded the storm did me a favor.
  • Middle schoolers on a field trip are coming down one of the trails, preceded by their laughter.
  • The true root cause is the credit boom that preceded the crisis.
  • Once on the bare, exposed ridge, heavy clouds started rolling toward us preceded by bouts of lightning.
  • That's already a quite complex framework, which also preceded your deity by definition.
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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