• (America, RP) IPA: /pɹəˈsiːd/, /pɹɪˈsiːd/, /pɹiːˈsiːd/

precede (precedes, present participle preceding; 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: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], 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. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗, book IV:
  2. (transitive) To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce.
    • 1832, James Kent, Commentaries on American Law, Volume 1, page 52
      It has been usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration communicated to the enemy.
  3. (transitive) To have higher rank than (someone or something else).
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precede (plural precedes)

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

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