pre·​cede | \pri-ˈsēd \
preceded; preceding

Definition of precede 

transitive verb

1 : to surpass in rank, dignity, or importance

2 : to be, go, or come ahead or in front of

3 : to be earlier than

4 : to cause to be preceded : preface

intransitive verb

: to go or come before

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Synonyms & Antonyms for precede


antecede, antedate, forego, predate, preexist


follow, postdate, succeed

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Examples of precede in a Sentence

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 But research has now shown that so-called responses to rhythm actually precede the external beat. We anticipate the beat … — Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia, 2007 The print media ape the manners of television, and on television form precedes content, emotion replaces thought, legend substitutes for history, fiction dictates to fact. — Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, September 1998 Riots preceded the civil war. She preceded him into the room. The country became more conservative in the years that preceded his election. The new mayor is very different from the person who preceded her in office. The meeting was preceded by a brief welcoming speech. The chairman preceded the meeting with a brief welcoming speech.
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The funeral will be preceded by an 11 a.m. visitation. Jeff Baenen, The Seattle Times, "Authorities assess items found in search for missing girl," 23 Oct. 2018 The premiere will be preceded by a 30th anniversary live tour across the United States, during which the cast will live-commentate very bad, no-good movies. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "New Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes hit Netflix this Thanksgiving," 26 Sep. 2018 Grimmette’s hour-long library presentation on Saturday will be preceded by a 20-minute concert by the Sounds of Joshua Community Praise Choir performing songs about equality and justice, Nambiar said. Janene Holzberg,, "For Gambrills resident Bill Grimmette, portrayal of Frederick Douglass pays homage to a pioneer of justice," 13 July 2018 The team got a jump on the future, at least on the schedule, Thursday with the announcement of a home game in Omaha, Neb., that will precede the 2019 College World Series. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals, commissioner explain reasons behind moving MLB game to Omaha before 2019 CWS," 21 June 2018 Singer Robbie Williams is slated to perform at the event, which will precede the opening match of the tournament between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Will Mccollister,, "How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Opening Ceremony: Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time," 14 June 2018 It will be preceded by the East Coast counterpart KCON 2018 NY on June 23-24; it will be held at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "KCON 2018 LA Adds Fromis_9 & Seventeen to Concert Lineup," 14 June 2018 The intimate huddle will precede a larger meeting and a working lunch attended by Trump’s chief of staff, national security adviser and secretary of state, the White House said, along with some of their North Korean counterparts. Washington Post, "Ditching entourages, Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet 1 on 1," 11 June 2018 The intimate huddle will precede a larger meeting and a working lunch attended by Trump’s chief of staff, national security adviser and secretary of state, the White House said, along with some of their North Korean counterparts. Josh Lederman And Matthew Lee,, "Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet one on one, raising concerns," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of precede

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for precede

Middle English, from Middle French preceder, from Latin praecedere, from prae- pre- + cedere to go

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English Language Learners Definition of precede

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

: to do or say something before (something)


pre·​cede | \pri-ˈsēd \
preceded; preceding

Kids Definition of precede

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

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