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precede definition

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This page has 10 definitions of precede with English translations in 4 languages. Precede is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use precede in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: precedé, précède, and précédé

English precede definition

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Etymology

From Middle French précéder, from Latin praecēdō, from prae- + cēdō.

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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.
    Cultural genocide precedes physical genocide.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      But harm precedes not sin: onely our Foe / Tempting affronts us with his foul esteem / Of our integritie
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter I, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292, book IV:
      This is the custom of sending on a basket-woman, who is to precede the pomp at a coronation, and to strew the stage with flowers, before the great personages begin their procession.
    • 1960 February, R. C. Riley, “The London-Birmingham services - Past, Present and Future”, in Trains Illustrated, page 102:
      An interesting feature in the weeks preceding the diversions was the provision of a road-learning train to familiarise main line drivers with the alternative route.
  2. (transitive) 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.

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Noun

precede (plural precedes)

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

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Italian precede definition

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Verb

precede

  1. third-person singular present indicative of precedere

Portuguese precede definition

Verb

precede

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

Spanish precede definition

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.