pre·​cede | \ pri-ˈsēd How to pronounce precede (audio) \
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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Many of the efforts precede those of the Smithsonian, which garnered international praise in March for its plan to repatriate several dozen Benin works in its collection. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The figures precede the government’s monthly jobs report on Friday, which is currently forecast to show private payrolls increased by 390,000 in April. Fortune, 4 May 2022 These claims potentially precede federal lawsuits, which claimants will be eligible to file six months from now, assuming a settlement has not been reached by then. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 Ramses will now step in to run Cairo’s 44th edition, which is expected to take place in the second half of November to again closely precede the Red Sea event which has set Dec. 1-10 as its calendar slot. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Amid billows of red tape and construction delays, Goldman and Stayner decided to precede Bacetti by wading in with Tilda, a charming sliver of a wine bar occupying the building’s left corner. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Still, increasing cases usually precede rising hospitalizations. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2022 The governor's veto period begins Thursday, with a flood of legislative activity expected to precede it in the two days remaining this week in the Kentucky General Assembly. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2022 The announcements precede an upcoming federal vote in Australia in which the ruling conservative party has framed national security as an election issue. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Precede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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pre·​cede | \ pri-ˈsēd How to pronounce precede (audio) \
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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