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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 precedes
  • With regard to the recession that precedes the recovery, worse is subsequently better.
  • Behavior precedes anatomy-that seems to be a general rule in evolution.
  • Importantly, that elevated iridium level immediately precedes the first known footprints of large, carnivorous dinosaurs.
  • But the first cause of a panic is the boom that precedes the panic.
  • Complexity researchers who study the behavior of stock markets may have identified a signal that precedes crashes.
  • Smoking may increase the risk of developing diabetes or glucose intolerance, a condition that precedes diabetes.
  • Hiring more temporary workers often precedes a rise in permanent jobs as economies emerge from recession.
  • Especially agree with the profound thought that precedes a suicide attempt.
  • The order is important since each successive device need to to detect the connection to the one that precedes it in the chain.
  • Yet if social science is any guide, arrogance generally precedes power, not the other way around.
British Dictionary definitions for precedes


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 precedes



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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