Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything.“Harm precedes not sin.”
To go before in place, rank, or importance.
To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; – used with by or with before the instrumental object.
It is usual to
precedehostilities by a public declaration.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To go before in the order of time. The corruption of morals precedes the ruin of a state.
2.To go before in rank or importance.
3.To cause something to be before; to make to take place in prior time.
It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. [Unusual.]