Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To precede.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To go before; to precede
  • v. To predate or antedate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To go before in time or place; to precede; to surpass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go before in time, and sometimes in place, rank, or logical order; precede.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be earlier in time; go back further

Etymologies

Latin antecēdere : ante-, ante- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • These are foods that antecede and later accompany the nicotine and alcohol that youth will graduate to further stimulate the reward centers of the brain.

    Lloyd I. Sederer, MD: Casinos For Kids?

  • No deserto que antecede o regresso à rotação total.

    ...

  • After all, the concepts of love, treating people with respect, doing to others what you would want to be done to you, someone being holy and good, etc. antecede Jesus by many millenia.

    Thinking About The God Delusion « Whatever

  • For another, on the previous evening-and days do seem to antecede days-at the Elk Horn Motor Lodge, the Assistant Undersecretary had sounded out the citizens of Mottburg.

    Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

  • And when we consider the assurances given us, that these declensions were to antecede the universal prevalence of true religion; they may also serve to increase our hope.

    Sermons on Various Important Subjects

  • It must antecede death, or it will be of no avail.

    Sermons on Various Important Subjects

  • Redeemer, were to be of two kinds -- that they were to arise at different times, and from different sources -- that one was to be a corruption of religion, the other a rejection of it -- that the former was to antecede and prepare the way for the latter.

    Sermons on Various Important Subjects

  • The sensual appetites have their own proper sensible objects to which they naturally incline, and since original sin has broken the bond which held them in complete subjection to the will, they may antecede the will in their actions and tend to their own proper objects inordinately.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • This is another instance of what is commonly called "practical;" as though mental processes must not necessarily antecede efficient action, and as though there was not then at hand abundant data for brains to work on, without any expenditure of money.

    From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life

  • For, the alluvial deposit having been brought down by the rivers, they must needs be older than the plain it forms, as navvies must needs antecede the embankment painfully built up by the contents of their wheel-barrows.

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