verb pre·cede \pri-ˈsēd\

: to happen, go, or come before (something or someone)

: to do or say something before (something)


Full Definition of PRECEDE

transitive verb
:  to surpass in rank, dignity, or importance
:  to be, go, or come ahead or in front of
:  to be earlier than
:  to cause to be preceded :  preface
intransitive verb
:  to go or come before

Examples of PRECEDE

  1. Riots preceded the civil war.
  2. She preceded him into the room.
  3. The country became more conservative in the years that preceded his election.
  4. The new mayor is very different from the person who preceded her in office.
  5. The meeting was preceded by a brief welcoming speech.
  6. The chairman preceded the meeting with a brief welcoming speech.
  7. Minutes before 10:30 p.m. in China, the stadium pulsed with the emotions that always precede a 100-meter final. —Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated, 25 Aug. 2008

Origin of PRECEDE

Middle English, from Middle French preceder, from Latin praecedere, from prae- pre- + cedere to go
First Known Use: 15th century

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PRECEDE Defined for Kids


verb pre·cede \pri-ˈsēd\

Definition of PRECEDE for Kids

:  to be or go before in importance, position, or time <Many failures preceded her success.>

Word Root of PRECEDE

The Latin word cedere, meaning to go, gives us the root ced. Words from the Latin cedere have something to do with going. To precede is to go before. To exceed is to go beyond a limit. To proceed is to go forward. To recede is to go back or away.


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