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Webster 1913 Edition


Precede

Pre-cede′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Preceded
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Preceding
.]
[L.
praecedere
,
praecessum
;
prae
before +
cedere
to go, to be in motion: cf. F.
préceder
. 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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Precede

PRECE'DE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. proecedo; proe, before, and cedo, to more.]
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.]

Definition 2022


precede

precede

See also: precedé, précède, and précédé

English

Alternative forms

Verb

precede (third-person singular simple present precedes, present participle preceding, simple past and past participle preceded)

  1. (transitive) To go before, go in front of.
  2. (intransitive) To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce.
  3. (transitive) To have higher rank than (someone or something else).

Usage notes

  • Not to be confused with proceed.
  • This word is commonly misspelt as preceed.

Related terms

Antonyms

Translations

Noun

precede (plural precedes)

  1. Brief editorial preface (usually to an article or essay)

Anagrams


Italian

Verb

precede

  1. third-person singular present indicative of precedere

Portuguese

Verb

precede

  1. third-person singular present indicative of preceder
  2. second-person singular imperative of preceder

Spanish

Verb

precede

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of preceder.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of preceder.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of preceder.