What does precede mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predate, precede, forego, forgo, antecede, antedateverb

    be earlier in time; go back further

    "Stone tools precede bronze tools"

  2. precede, predateverb

    come before

    "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify"

  3. precede, come beforeverb

    be the predecessor of

    "Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands"

  4. precede, leadverb

    move ahead (of others) in time or space

  5. precede, preface, premise, introduceverb

    furnish with a preface or introduction

    "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"


  1. precedeverb

    To go before, go in front of.

  2. precedeverb

    To have higher rank than (someone or something else).

  3. Etymology: Latin praecēdō, from prae- + cēdō

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Precedeverb

    Etymology: præcedo, Lat. preceder, Fr.

    How are we happy, still in fear of harm;
    But harm precedes not sin. John Milton.

    Arius and Pelagius durst provoke,
    To what the centuries preceding spoke: Dryden.

    The ruin of a state is generally preceded by an universal degeneracy of manners and contempt of religion. Jonathan Swift.


  1. precede

    To precede means to come before something or someone else in time, order, rank, or position. It can also refer to leading or introducing an event, action, or process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precedeverb

    to go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything

  2. Precedeverb

    to go before in place, rank, or importance

  3. Precedeverb

    to cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object

  4. Etymology: [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before + cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. prceder. See Pre-, and Cede.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precede

    pre-sēd′, v.t. to go before in time, rank, or importance.—v.i. to be before in time, or place. [Fr. précéder—L. præcedĕrepræ, before, cedĕre, go.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precede' in Verbs Frequency: #877

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precede in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precede in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of precede in a Sentence

  1. Christopher Robin Miller:

    For predicates care I not that precede subjects.

  2. Samuel Butler:

    If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.

  3. Harry F. Banks:

    Financial rewards follow accomplishment; they don't precede it.

  4. Seneca:

    If virtue precede us every step will be safe.

  5. Morarji Ranchhodji Desai:

    Self-help must precede help from others. Even for making certain of help from heaven, one has to help oneself.

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