2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Precede \Pre*cede"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Preceded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preceding}.] [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before + cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. pr['e]ceder. See {Pre-}, and {Cede}.]

1. To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything. "Harm precedes not sin." --Milton.

2. To go before in place, rank, or importance.

3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object. [R.]

It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. --Kent. Precedence

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede bronze tools" [syn: {predate}, {precede}, {forego}, {forgo}, {antecede}, {antedate}] [ant: {follow}, {postdate}]

2: come before; "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify" [syn: {precede}, {predate}]

3: be the predecessor of; "Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands" [syn: {precede}, {come before}] [ant: {come after}, {follow}, {succeed}]

4: move ahead (of others) in time or space [syn: {precede}, {lead}] [ant: {follow}]

5: furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution" [syn: {precede}, {preface}, {premise}, {introduce}]

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