precede

verb
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for precede

Synonyms

antecede, antedate, forego, predate, preexist

Antonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Advertising The 10-year Treasury yield is below the yield on the three-month Treasury bill, a worrying sign that in the past has preceded recessions. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "Global stocks rebound after slide on growth worries," 26 Mar. 2019 The talks in southeast Asia are preliminary, preceding a December meeting in Katowice, Poland. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The World Is Utterly Failing to Keep Climate Change Under Control," 5 Sep. 2018 Matebook 14 Both the Matebook 14 and the Matebook 13 that preceded it are considered a step down from the flagship Matebook X Pro, though the differences aren't that profound. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 In the past 60 years, every recession has been preceded by an inverted yield curve, according to research from the San Francisco Fed. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Stocks slide as bond market sounds a recession warning," 4 Dec. 2018 Raleigh was preceded in death by his wife Velma Sue, his mother and father, one brother and two sisters. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Ross Raleigh, founder of the Southgate House Revival, dies at 74," 11 June 2018 Maren was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Maren. NBC News, "Last surviving 'Wizard of Oz' munchkin Jerry Maren dies," 7 June 2018 Brown was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Gloria Tucker Brown. The Aegis, "Bill Brown, Bel Air athletic and town icon, dies at 92," 1 May 2018 And scientists have documented a troubling trend in the region: More caribou calves appear to be dying early in years when the spring plant growth preceded the caribou's calving season. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "5 plants and animals utterly confused by climate change," 10 Apr. 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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The first known use of precede was in the 15th century

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precede

verb

English Language Learners Definition of precede

somewhat formal
: to happen, go, or come before (something or someone)
: to do or say something before (something)

precede

verb
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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