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Meaning of PRECEDE

Pronunciation:  pri'seed

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be the predecessor of
  2. [v]  move ahead (of others) in time or space
  3. [v]  come before; "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify"
  4. [v]  be earlier in time; go back further

PRECEDE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: antecede, antedate, come before, forego, lead, predate
 Antonyms: come after, follow, follow, follow, postdate, succeed
 See Also: go, head, lie, locomote, move, travel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*cede"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preceded}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Preceding}.] [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before
+ cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. pr['e]ceder. 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.

Thesaurus Terms
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