verb (used with object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.

  1. to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
  2. to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one’s statement with a qualification.

verb (used without object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.

  1. to go or come before.


  1. Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.


  1. to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
  2. (tr) to preface or introduce

v.early 15c., “lead the way; occur before,” from Middle French preceder and directly from Latin praecedere “to go before,” from prae “before” (see pre-) + cedere “to go” (see cede). Meaning “to walk in front of” is late 15c.; that of “to go before in rank or importance” is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.

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